Make a difference in a kid’s life today by teaching them the most valuable life skill: swimming!

Old City Swim School is the premier learn-to-swim program in the DC/Capitol Hill area. We’re passionate about teaching everyone how to swim and are deeply committed to Preparing people for a life of fun in and around the water.

Are you excited about our mission? Do enjoy working with kids? And are you totally down to be the brightest part of a little kid’s day and possibly become their HERO?

If so, scroll down to learn more…


Must be energetic, fun, playful, and enjoy working with kids

Must be OK with getting wet in a heated indoor pool.

Must be able to consistently show up to shifts on time.

Technical swimming background NOT required.

Here’s the fine print:

  • Starting pay rate for coaches is $13.25 per hour, with pay raise possibilities based on completion of training and certification levels.
  • Candidates who are not 18 years of age or do not have a high-school diploma or GED equivalent may apply.
  • No Previous swim instruction experience required. 
  • Additional shift options may be available for those with a competitive swimming background.

 Shift Availability:

Shift times are weekday evenings Mon-Thurs and Sat mornings. Candidates are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 shifts per week on an ongoing basis. Detailed shift descriptions are listed in the online job application form below.

Lessons take place at the MSSD pool on Gallaudet University’s campus off Florida Avenue and 8th Streets NE. Employees must provide their own transportation. Free parking available. Bike racks available.

Swimming Ability:

Coaches must pass the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course prerequisite swim requirements.

This includes: Swim 300 yards continuously; Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds starting in the water that consists of: swim 20 yards and surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back returning to the starting point. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Not sure you can complete the swim test?

Don’t let that deter you from applying! For superstar candidates who require some fine-tuning on their own swim skills, we have the ability to set up a timeframe that allows you to get started coaching kids right away and also practice your own swim skills!