Aquatics Exercise Instructor

Middlesex YMCA
Job Description
POSITION TITLE: Water Exercise Instructor
REPORTS TO:  Group Water Exercise Coordinator
Under the supervision of the Group Water Exercise Coordinator, the Water Exercise Instructor will ensure a positive growth experience for all participants while teaching appropriate YMCA progressive skills and standards all while ensuring personal safety for all participants.  Modify exercise class in accordance with participants level, greet everyone by using names whenever possible, extend thanks whenever appropriate, makes relationship building the number one priority at all times. 
YMCA GOALS:  In service to the community, the YMCA builds healthy spirit, mind, and body by helping people develop: self-worth, positive relationships, holistic health, and appreciation of diversity, leadership and service.
YMCA CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:  The core values that govern the YMCA in fulfilling the mission and goals are: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
  1. Arrive 5 minutes before scheduled starting time of class to set up, inspect all equipment for safety and to be on deck supervising arriving participants.
  2. Be prepared for each class and use the appropriate routines070726
  3. Participate ENTHUSIASTICALLY with your class
  4. Stand on the edge of the pool or be in the water with your students
  5. Ensure proper behavior in the pool:
    1. Participants follow pool rules and respect their classmates
    2. Inform Group Water Ex Coordinator of chronic behavior problems by participants
  6. Ensure proper use and storage of equipment.  It is the responsibility of the instructor to ensure that all equipment has been put away at the end of class.
  7. Work closely with the Aquatics Department on class scheduling and/or any pool issues.
  8. Be responsible for your students from the time they enter the pool area until they leave. Check the entire bottom of the pool before leaving deck.
  • Conducts group exercise classes according to the Middlesex YMCA Program Quality Guidelines, as well as the specific class format.
  • Maintains current level of certification by attending trainings and any required classes.
  • Supervise class participants and activities to ensure safety and report any irregularities to supervisor immediately.
  • Distribute handouts/evaluations to participants as assigned by supervisor.
  • Maintain active interest in and knowledge of current YMCA programs and shares information with members and community.
  • Be a professional representative of the YMCA.
  • Be able to work as a team member, assisting fellow staff when necessary.
  • Make yourself available to all members regardless of age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, or fitness level. Share your knowledge and be a resource for sound health and fitness information.
  • Take responsibility to keep studio/exercise classroom and equipment neat and clean.
  • Be familiar with emergency procedures. Responds promptly and appropriately.
  • Maintain good attendance. Give supervisor at least two week notice of schedule changes.
  • Assume total responsibility for obtaining qualified substitutes when needed and inform supervisor.
  • Allow at least ten minutes to prepare for class and allow for at least five minutes after class to be available for members.
  • Arrive for assigned class well-groomed and in proper uniform.
  • Attendance at staff meetings is mandatory.
  • A level of member satisfaction as reflected in member retention, member surveys and other measurement tools
  • The highest level of service in the class
  • Current Nationally recognized Group Exercise certification as well as current CPR and AED.
  • One year minimum teaching experience preferred
  • Must possess strong communication, customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Must possess a running knowledge of general overall health and fitness
  • Must be able to work as an integral member of a staff team.
  • Must possess the ability to communicate effectively with adults, seniors and special populations.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • While performing functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
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