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Safe Start Instructor

Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center


Position Summary

The Safe Start Instructor provides excellent customer service while giving direct leadership, motivation and instruction of the Safe Start survival swim skills program for children ages six months to four years old. The Safe Start Instructor creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes member safety and engagement in accordance with the YMCA of Central Florida policies and procedures.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure all safety protocols and Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) prompts and procedures are utilized.
  • Instruct Safe Start lessons as assigned in accordance with the YMCA of Central Florida and Safe Start guidelines and training protocols.
  • Provide individualized instruction in survival swimming techniques to Safe Start participants. Teach children ages six months to four years old to swim through the water, roll onto their backs to assume a back-float position, rotate back over and swim to safety using reinforcement and conditioning methods.
  • Maintain accurate records for Safe Start participants as required, including daily pool side bud sheets. Communicate effectively with parents regarding the child's progress.
  • Assist Safe Start Director and Family Centers in marketing and public relations events to promote the growth of the Safe Start program.
  • Greet and develop effective relationships with the members, participants and other staff.
  • Assist in the retention of existing members and engagement of new members by informing them of the Family Center aquatic programs, including Safe Start survival lessons, refresher lessons, YMCA progressive swim lessons, swim team, lap swimming, and group exercise classes.
  • Know, understand and consistently apply safety rules, policies and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area.
  • Know and review all emergency procedures and respond to emergency situations immediately in accordance with the YMCA of Central Florida policies and procedures.
  • Attend all staff meetings, re-certifications, in-services and trainings as required.
  • Assist in the identification of active volunteers for the Family Center Annual Scholarship Campaign.
  • Provide understanding of the mission of the YMCA of Central Florida to staff and members. Promote and represent the mission and core values of the YMCA of Central Florida in the Family Center and its programs.
  • All other duties assigned by Management.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • High School graduate or equivalent required; AA/AS/BS degree in psychology, physiology or anatomy a plus.
  • Previous experience in behavior modification, sensory motor learning or operant conditioning a plus.
  • Current CPR/AED and First Aid certifications required.
  • Current Safe Start Instructor certification required.

Working Conditions

  • 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 perform all physical aspects of the position, including walking, standing, bending, reaching, and lifting.
  • The employee must be able to perform medium work: exerting up to 30 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • The employee is required to have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
  • The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
  • The employee is subject to noise: there is sufficient noise to cause the employee to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.
  • Must be capable of working under pressure in a somewhat disruptive environment.
  • The employee is subject to hazards: includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.


  • Must complete successful background screening, which includes criminal and drug screening.
  • All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. The YMCA promotes an equal employment opportunity work place which includes reasonable accommodation of otherwise qualified disabled applicants and employees. Please see your manager should you have any questions about this policy or these job duties.
  • This job description may not be all-inclusive and employees are expected to perform all other duties as assigned and directed by management. Job descriptions and duties may be modified when deemed appropriate by management.