Swim Instructor/ Lifegaurd at Goldfish Swim School
almost 2 years ago
You normally have a 4 hour shift, my evening classes I had to be there at 3:30 and I would leave a little after 7:30. They have changing rooms that you can switch into your bathing suit, they also have showers that you can use to rinse off the chlorine. After you go through training you will have your own classes. The classes are a half an hour each and are back to back so you don't have time for breaks. Most of my classes were with 2-7 year olds. They divided the classes up by age and skill level. You have to teach up to 4 kids at a time the skills to swim, this may be just getting them used to the water or teaching them the butterfly stroke. They will teach you everything you need to know but it does help to know a little about swimming. Everyone is lifeguard certified and every instructor can rotate to be a lifeguard when needed. Being a lifeguard you have to be aware at all times, you will be standing or sitting for 4 hours watching over either the whole pool or part of the pool. It is very fun if you love kids and water!
Former Swim Instructor/Lifeguard at Goldfish Swim School
about 2 years ago
Depending on the days you work, your shift will either be in the morning or in the afternoon/evening. You prepare the pool for the classes, then you proceed to have a group meeting before every shift. Then for about 5 hours, you have multiple 25 minute classes with a maximum of 4 children.
You come to the pool deck, and set up the lanes with the appropriate toys and tools. There is then do a 10 minute pre-shift meeting, where the deck supervisor or a manager talks about their goals for the shift. You either teach lessons or lifeguard, then clean up the deck, and then have a post-shift meeting, discussing what went well and what can be improved.