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Swim Instructor - Summer Camp

About KING: 

Kids in the Game is dedicated to developing New York City’s youth by providing opportunities through sports and fitness to the schools and communities we serve. Our goal is to develop the next generation of leaders by developing healthy habits, an active lifestyle, and promoting personal growth through play and competition.

During the school year, KING is rooted in dozens of schools around New York City, offering recess, after-school, physical education, early drop off fitness, and sports instruction. In addition, KING operates summer camps, sports clinics (basketball, soccer, volleyball), and special events. During the summer months we trade our whistles for sunglasses and run four day camps across NYC.


Summer Camp Swim Instructor

Position Description:

Kids in the Game is looking for Summer Camp Swim Instructors that will work closely with the Camp Director and Aquatics Director to make the 2017 summer the best one ever.  You will be providing a supportive, safe, and fun environment for the youth of New York City to grow and learn while experiencing the non-stop fun of Summer Camp!


Core Responsibility:

The Summer Camp Swim Instructor is responsible for general supervision of all campers while at the pool during swim lessons and providing excellent swim instruction to campers. When you are not at the pool you will be assisting other counselors with camper groups on site at camp and being an extra hand during field trips or special events.


Daily Responsibilities:

The Before:

Commitment to at least 3 days of training leading up to the first week of camp; Dates TBD but likely Saturdays before camp begins

The During:

Safety First:

Inform Aquatics Director of camper/staff problems which impact on the health or safety of any KING camper.  No issue or concern is too small to share!
Enforces rules in a safe and fair manner during swim lessons.

Keep a Watchful Eye:

Identify and respond to any unsafe actions during swim time.
Always have eyes on campers in your group during swim lessons.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work:

Work to encourage team work and good sports during swim lessons.

Plan, Plan, Plan:

Demonstrate organizational skills during lessons and be able to implement swim lesson plans during instruction.
Know what you need for swim lesson each day beforehand so you are prepared.

Play (almost) All Day:

Plan and execute the activities in coordination with the program staff and supervisors

Fun, Fun, Fun:

Attend staff outings to take a break and enjoy time with coworkers outside of camp


      ***Loose Ball Rule: Team player; performs other duties as assigned


Our Core Coaching Values:

We are Committed: Engage in all camp activities with the campers. Plan and lead small and large group activities for campers during scheduled group times, transitions, or other down times. Get to know the kids, learn their names, be their role model. Commit to the summer – all 8 weeks!

We are Present: Be attentive to the physical, social and emotional needs of the campers assigned to your group. Checking your phone can wait, making camp great for kiddos can’t.

We are Positive: Maintain an enthusiastic attitude and serve as a role model. Promote positive and appropriate behavior through speech and action on a daily basis.

We are Prepared: Dress appropriately, arrive on time, stay until the end of your shift, attend all appropriate staff meetings, and pre camp training/staff orientation to ensure quality standards are upheld. During counselor choice, be prepared with games and lesson plans.

We are Ambassadors: It’s simple, live these core KING values every day and you will be our best ambassador. Be proud of your amazing work with today’s youth and know that this work truly matters.



Water Safety Instructor certification (WSI) required**

CPR, First Aid and AED certification preferred

Amazing with kids!
Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus
Pass a NY State run background check
2+ years of experience teaching/coaching swim required
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, participants, parents and caregivers
Ability to communicate effectively and in a timely fashion with participants, families and caregivers, both verbally and non-verbally
Ability to solve practical problems in a variety of situations. Ability to interpret and understand instructions, both written and oral



Camp Dates: June 26th – August 18th; 8-week commitment; no camp on July 3rd or 4th

Camp Hours: 7:30am to 4:30pm (aftercare runs to 6pm; rotation each week)


Upper West Side: School of the Blessed Sacrament
Inwood- Good Shepard School
Riverdale- St. Margaret’s of Cortona
Park Slope- St. Saviour High School
Compensation: Based on experience

Compensation: Based on experience

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