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Swim Instructor Aide


30-60 Minutes


At the West Suburban YMCA pool (either large pool or small pool) located at 276 Church Street Newton, MA 02458


Throughout the year


Minimum age of 14 (those under the age of 14 MUST have a parent present, parent must also undergo CORI/SORI background checks).


When you volunteer at the West Suburban YMCA, you take an active role in bringing about important change right in your own community.

Each of our volunteers helps move people and communities forward, delivering the benefits of good health, strong connections, greater self-confidence and sense of security to all who seek it.

Help us to nurture the potential of kids, improve the community’s health and well-being and support your neighbors.



Provides direct leadership, instruction and motivation for students in swimming classes. Assists the Swim Instructor during swim classes.


  1. Assists in swim lessons in accordance with YMCA guidelines (i.e. keeping swimmers safe, challenged, and actively engaged, maintain a safe swimming environment, and enforcing pool rules & policies), having prepared lesson plans accordingly.
  2. Learn to builds effective, authentic relationships with students and parents; helps them connect with each other and the YMCA. 
  3. Maintains records as required (i.e. attendance, progress reports, etc.)
  4. Follows all YMCA policies, rules, regulations and procedures, including emergency and safety procedures. If needed, helps to complete incident and accident reports as necessary.
  5. Organizes and puts away needed class equipment. Reports damaged equipment.
  6. Willingness to accept responsibilities and duties other than those assigned.


  1. Complete Volunteer Application Form.
  2. Complete CORI (paper) and OneSource Background Check (online).
  3. Complete required online training.


  • Preferred commitment of one lesson a week (1 hr.) for a 6-8 week period.
  • Please allow 1-2 weeks prior to start date for paperwork, background checks and online trainings to get completed.


Next steps to get started are to complete the application and send to Emily at See VIEW INSTRUCTIONS for details.


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  1. Fill out application (located on WSY website).
  2. Send in application to Emily Flynn at Be sure to let her know you found the opportunity on the PGK site.  
  3. Once reviewed, Emily will reach out via email with instructions to complete CORI for and One Source Background check and online training.  
  4. Typically takes 1-3 days for application to be reviewed.
  5. After forms are completed, background checks are cleared (1-2 weeks) and online training to be completed with or without parent (as appropriate).
  6. Once approved, Emily will connect volunteer with department director to set up training and volunteer shifts.
  7. Kindly fill out this PGK impact form when you’ve completed the activity.
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