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.
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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