Swim Instructor

St. Louis, MO


The mission of Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club (GSGBC) is to empower girls and boys in the St. Louis metropolitan area, especially those who need us most, to realize their physical, intellectual, and emotional potential.


In 2018, GSGBC adopted Sanctuary, a trauma-informed organizational change model, which encourages the core values of non-violence, emotional intelligence, social learning, democracy, open communication, social responsibility, and growth and change.  All staff are trained in Sanctuary and all youth participate in trauma-informed curriculum focused on safety, learning about emotions, managing loss, and creating a hopeful future.


GSGBC offers after school and summer programming for youth ages 6-16, serving more than 900 youth annually. GSGBC supports youth development and holistic health with programs that include academic support and assistance, aquatics and recreation, character and citizenship, healthy lifestyle, the arts, college and career. The after school program runs August through May, 2:30pm-7:30pm, and an 8-week summer program is offered June through August, 7:00 am-5:30 pm.



  • Instructs members on water safety and proper swim techniques utilizing prepared lesson plans
  • Works collaboratively with licensed Lifeguards to ensure pool safety and guidelines are met
  • Evaluates members’ progress
  • Completes required paperwork in a timely manner
  • Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies, and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency and non-emergency situations
  • Provides a welcoming environment for all members
  • Develops positive relationships with participants and provide motivational support and guidance
  • Responds to challenges with possible solutions in a timely manner
  • Maintains accurate records as required by GSGBC and/or the City of St. Louis Health Department
  • Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed
  • Document any incidents and/or injuries and completes related reports as required
  • Ability to follow routine verbal and written instructions
  • Attends and participates in required trainings and meetings
  • Assists in maintaining/organizing pool deck and surrounding areas as designated
  • Performs other duties as assigned



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 the essential functions:

  • Ability to react to emergency situations by quick movements, strenuous activity, and on occasion assist or lift persons in distress of varying weights
  • Required to remain alert to dangerous situations while sitting, standing or walking for various lengths of time
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds
  • The employee must endure extreme temperature conditions – up to 95 degrees with 100% humidity
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust



  • Must be a certified water safety instructor (American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, YMCA Aquatics Certification, etc.) with at least 1 year of experience
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Certified in CPR by a nationally recognized organization, such as the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or an equivalent certification, including an in-person skills assessment, and be approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Ability to maintain certification-level physical and mental readiness
  • The ability to problem solve and process through critical thinking
  • Must pass the health and employment requirements set by Missouri Department Elementary and Secondary Education as a condition of employment, including fingerprints, background check, physical and drug screen


Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: GSGBC requires written proof of vaccination from the vaccine administrator or an image of your CDC-issued vaccination card, including the vaccination place, date(s) and name. Any employee who cannot comply with this policy due to a requested accommodation or otherwise will be required to submit to mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing until the employee becomes fully vaccinated.


Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club of St. Louis provides equal employment opportunities to all regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, military service eligibility, veteran status, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.


Qualified applicants submit resume to HR@gsgbcstl.org, put "Swim Instructor" in subject line. 

About Company

Gene Slay's Girls & Boys Club
2524 S. 11th St., 63104

Job Information

Status: Open No of vacancies: 4 Job type: Part Time Job level: Entry level Years of experience: 1 Salary: $17 /Per Hour Publish date: 17 Mar 2022 Expire in: 10 months

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