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

Old City Swim School is the premiere learn-to-swim program for families in 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. At Old City Swim School, we create pride by delivering effective swimming experiences for customers AND staff. We offer free and continuous on-the-job training of our curriculum and training methods to all of our team members.

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Instructors/Coaches to teach fundamentals of pool safety and swimming to children ages 2 and up.

Certified Indoor Lifeguards

Instructors/Coaches to teach stroke development and team-level swimming skills to intermediate & advanced students

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Must be energetic, fun, playful, and enjoy working with kids. Must submit to a background check in accordance with local laws/regulations.

Must be OK teaching in-water or lifeguarding for up to 2.5 hours at a time with no breaks in an indoor pool environment

Must commit to a shift schedule two weeks ahead of time and arrive on time, every time. Must work at least 2 shifts a week.

Technical swimming background NOT required but must undergo a swim assessment test as part of the interview process.

Here’s some fine print:

  • Our pay rate for all probationary/new employees and training shifts is $13.25 per hour.
  • Instructors/Coaches pay rates are then determined upon completion of our in-house training/certifications for the level of coaching desired. The range is $14.50-$28.80 per hour.
  • Certified Lifeguards are paid $20 per hour.
  • Candidates who are not 18 years of age or candidates that do not have a high-school diploma or GED equivalent may apply.
  • No previous swim instruction experience required.
  • All candidates must submit to a background check in accordance with local laws/regulations.

 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:

Instructors/Coaches and Lifeguards must complete a swim asessment to determine basic ability and competence.

This includes: Swim freestyle 50 yards continuously with face in the water; Swim 25 yards backstroke, Swim 25 yards breast stroke, Swim 25 yards butterfly; Jump in and 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 swimming skills listed above, you can join our in-house training program that allows you to start working right away and receive coaching from members of our team to help you practice.