YMCA Swimming Head Coach and Aquatic Coordinator Job

Applications due 30/04/22

job description:

Date posted: March 29, 2022

Location: Yakima YMCA Aquatic Center, 3800 River Road, Yakima, WA, USA

Are you interested in becoming a swimming head coach? Have you been on a summer league, high school or college team? The YAKIMA FAMILY YMCA is seeking a Swim Team Head Coach to lead our US registered club. This position will allow the right person to use their experience and knowledge while being mentored by a former coach and college swimmer. This position will also act as the morning aquatic coordinator at our Rotary Aquatic Center.


As the Head Coach of the Yakima YMCA Swim Team, you will provide daily increasingly challenging workouts for 3 different training groups. You will develop appropriate season plans providing swimmers with the tools and knowledge to reach their potential in and out of the water. The Head Coach will schedule tryouts for interested swimmers to help maintain an operationally viable club. You will create a seasonal competition schedule for the team that features appropriate competitions for each level.

This position will also act as the morning aquatic activities coordinator for the YAKIMA YMCA. As the Aquatic Coordinator, you will be the primary organizer of private lessons, organizing seasonal lifesaving lessons to meet the Yakima YMCA’s need to staff two facilities. The Aquatics Coordinator will supervise up to 10 hours per week on the pool deck of either facility while providing rotation breaks for lifeguards on duty. Other responsibilities will include assisting the Aquatics Director with staff training and assigned administrative duties.

The Yakima YMCA employee maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals and provides direct leadership, instruction, and motivation to custodial staff. This position supports the work of the Y, a leading non-profit charitable organization committed to building community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


Our mission and core values ​​are embodied in our culture. At the Y, we strive to live our community-building cause with purpose and intention every day. We welcome: we are open to everyone. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are authentic: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential. We are determined: above all, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger starting with you.


  • Acts as head coach of the Yakima YMCA swim team, including:
    • Scheduling swim team trials
    • Act as parent liaison with Yakima YMCA
    • Develop appropriate daily and seasonal swim plans for each swim group
    • Create a competition schedule for the team
    • Provide daily coaching and appropriate skill feedback to all swimmers
    • Responsible for registering and tracking monthly payment report to match swimmers
  • Responsible for organizing, scheduling and enrolling private swim lessons, including scheduling instructors and tracking payments
  • Communicates all daily schedule changes with the Aquatics Director
  • Performs administrative duties assigned by the Director of Aquatic Sports
  • While on duty as lifeguard, provides continuous, uninterrupted scanning of pool and water area.

Reviews all emergency procedures and responds immediately to emergencies in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures. Complete related reports as needed

  • Complies with and guarantees the minimum safety standards for aquatic activities 7.301. Understands and consistently applies safety rules, policies and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area
  • Maintains accurate records as required by YMCA and/or state health department code
  • Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available when needed
  • Takes an active role in continuing to identify ways to improve safety standards
  • Maintains effective and positive relationships with members, participants and other staff
  • Continuously monitors the water area for unsafe or dangerous conditions. Immediately report all unsafe or unsafe conditions to management and take appropriate action
  • Uses problem-solving skills to make quick decisions, instruct, assess, supervise, and recognize potential for danger or injury
  • Successfully completes and passes periodic water safety assessments
  • Other duties assigned by the department head and/or administration


  • Functional Expertise: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of achievement.
  • Decision making: Integrates logical intuition and good judgment to analyze information to identify the best opportunities, make sound decisions and solve problems.
  • Develop others: Recognize and act on the need to continually develop the abilities of others to achieve the highest level of performance possible.
  • Communication: Listens and speaks effectively and in a manner that reflects a genuine understanding of the needs of the audience.


  • Must have competitive swimming experience and understand how children learn and be able to communicate appropriately. Knowledge of preferred US swimming organization.
  • Current YMCA or American Red Cross lifeguard certification.
  • Ability to maintain required certification; Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with YMCA standards.
  • Must possess excellent customer service skills. Interact positively with the general public.
  • Ability to work independently and possess high enthusiasm and motivational skills.
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of rescue experience preferred.
  • Must have excellent communication skills. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with multiple groups of people, including clients, guards and supervisors.


  • Sit for long periods in a raised chair. Must remain alert and focused throughout area of ​​responsibility for extended periods, even in high heat and humidity, without loss of consciousness.
  • Move safely to various locations, including getting in and out of a raised chair, while scanning the area of ​​responsibility.
  • Ability to continuously scan all areas of the pool with a clear view.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical tasks necessary for water rescue. Communicate immediately with others when responding to an incident or emergency. Must be able to communicate verbally, including projecting their voice over a distance; communicate quickly and clearly with emergency personnel by telephone and/or in person; and giving and receiving directions effectively.
  • Perform all rescue, resuscitation and survival techniques.
  • Act quickly in an emergency and act even if you don’t know if someone is really in danger.

How to register

Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Julie at [email protected] and Aimee at [email protected]

Job ends April 30, 2022

Contact information

Aimee Dunavant, Aquatic Director

5 North Naches Ave, Yakima WA 98901

phone: 509-490-3912