No previous swim instruction experience or certification is necessary. You will be paid to learn our curriculum and enhance your swimming ability. In addition to small classes, we offer our customers professional instruction. These are the two main aspects of our services that set us apart from other swim instruction providers. Therefore, we are seeking educated professionals.
While we hire almost exclusively elementary education professionals, we do occasionally hire exceptional university juniors and seniors pursuing degrees in elementary education, secondary education professionals, and professionals with degrees in other humanities-related fields, such as social work and psychology. However, candidates in the latter three categories must have significant experience with children age four to ten.
We believe that learning to swim is as important as any subject children learn in school. We require each instructor to gain an in-depth knowledge of our curriculum and techniques. Jeff Kelly and his team of “Instructor Mentors” will train you. These mentors will work with you to enhance your swimming and teaching skills throughout the summer. If you meet the aforementioned requirements, please ask yourself these questions:
Do I enjoy working with children age four to ten?
Do I enjoy being in the water? Would I enjoy being in the water at least 15-20 hours per week?
Do I enjoy learning new teaching techniques?
Do I enjoy being challenged?
Do I graciously accept and implement critique?
If you cannot answer “yes” to all of those questions, then this position would not be ideal for you. We are seeking people who truly love to work with children, enjoy the aquatic environment, have a passion for learning new teaching techniques, thrive on challenges and are not sensitive to critique. It is also important that you understand and accept the administrative component of this position. Specifically, you will be required to complete detailed “Student Ability Reports” (grade cards). While this administrative component is certainly less exciting than working with the students, it is an extremely important responsibility. As previously stated, we offer our customers professional instruction. That includes providing them with a professional assessment of each student’s ability and progress.
Regarding the acceptance and implementation of critique, Jeff elaborates, “Though I began creating the Personalized Swim Instruction© program in 1987, and I am extremely confident in my abilities as an educator; I accept that I can learn something from everyone. Through the years, I have learned new and creative ideas from my instructors. I think that one of my strengths as a business owner, employer and educator is my ability to listen to others and to accept and implement critique and new ideas. Therefore, I expect the same from my employees. Each summer, my goal is to surround myself with passionate, motivated and like-minded people. I accept that I can learn from you and I expect the same attitude from you. If this sounds like the kind of employment relationship that you would enjoy, please continue reading.”
Please thoroughly review the information below before submitting your online application. After reviewing your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview. During the interview, candidates sometimes inquire about how and why Jeff started this program, where and when they would teach and how the training program is conducted, etc. Hiring and training new instructors is only one of our many responsibilities. Therefore, we need to use our time efficiently. When we speak with you, it is important that we spend most of our time learning about you – not speaking about the corporation. Toward that end; in addition to this page, please read Who’s Jeff? to learn about the history of our company. To familiarize yourself with the curriculum, please see Curriculum. Below, you will find most of what you need to know regarding the training program and teaching schedule for this summer. Of course, we can dedicate some interview time for clarification of information that you are reading on this website.