How to get YMCA Swim Instructor Certification


If you are a competent swimmer and you like to teach, then a YMCA swim instructor certification can be the qualification that will put your skills and enthusiasm to good use for good pay.


  • Candidates must be 16 years of age, be competent in a variety of swim strokes and have a basic first aid qualification. Some YMCAs also require lifeguard certification before taking their swim instructor course, which is a good idea in any case because many swim instructor jobs also require it.

Course Details

  • Certification can be obtained in a single course, which is usually about 24 hours long and offered over a weekend. The cost is about $130. The course offers instruction both in and out of the water. It prepares you to teach swimming to all ages.


  • Swim instructors are in high demand. Basic group lessons pay around $15 an hour, but good instructors can charge three to six times that amount for private lessons. Part-time work is also available, and a YMCA swim instructor certification can also be an attractive addition to any summer camp counselor or aquatics instructor.

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