Aquaplex Aquatics Instructor

Aquaplex Aquatics Instructor Job Description

Under the supervision of the Aztec Aquaplex Coordinator, the Aquaplex Aquatic Instructor is responsible for upholding the Aztec Recreation values of Wellness, Integrity, Safety, Service, Professionalism, Excellence, and Respect. Aquaplex Aquatic Instructor will be held accountable for the following (but not limited to) tasks listed below. Overall the Aquaplex Aquatic Instructor provides a high standard of the Aztec Recreation experience with a focus on customer service and safety during aquatic programs held at the Aztec Aquaplex.  


Primary Functions

  • Consistently and confidently enforce all Aztec Recreation and Aztec Aquaplex policies to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all members, guests and affiliates
  • Ensure the implementation of  the emergency action and risk management plan including being confident as the first respondent to all injuries and incidents; prepare required injury/incident reports
  • Plan and conduct youth and adult group lessons for swim, water polo, springboard diving and other classes as assigned in conjunction with course objectives and Aquaplex safety standards
  • Plan and conduct youth and adult individualized  private and semi-private swimming lessons in accordance with participant’s  interests, goals and abilities, and Aquaplex safety standards
  • Effectively and safely manage group lessons to provide leadership and guidance of skills during the class through attentiveness to individual participant’s and group learning needs
  • Provide lesson plans as necessary, and conduct participant swim assessments upon request
  • Responsible for maintaining and submitting course skills sheets, completion cards and attendance records in a timely manner; Submit course records in accordance with American Red Cross guidelines to maintain WSI certification
  • Assess participants progress and make recommendations for appropriate classes; Maintain communication with participants and affiliates to ensure progress updates are relayed
  • Provide excellent customer service to all members and guests; Answer member questions and provide accurate program information; Assist with Aquaplex desk operations and programs check-in
  • Maintain physical fitness, by completing required monthly swim and regularly practice skills through in-service trainings and scheduled practice sessions
  • Maintain aquatic safety  and instructor equipment by inspecting and reporting any repairs needed or other equipment as  a follow up for safety measures
  • Attend and participate in Aztec Recreation all staff trainings, and Aquaplex staff monthly meetings
  • Assist with set-up and break-down of facility for program operations, group rentals and special events
  • Position includes attending to facility and equipment appearance and cleanliness
  • Resolve customer concerns, facilitate problems and complaints in a courteous and professional manner
  • Performing related duties and responsibilities as assigned

Customer Service and Collaboration

  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with various A.S. and University departments


  • Ensures all operations are conducted with safety of staff and customers as first priority, and in accordance with the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and other safety policies
  • Adheres to Associated Students’ Code of Safe Practices
  • Reports accidents to supervisor and reviews changes required to avoid reoccurrence
  • Ensures completion proper documentation is completed for each accident (employee and/or non-employee) and forwards to supervisor
  • Reports maintenance problems and/or broken and unsafe equipment to the appropriate party immediately


Minimum & Preferred Requirements


  • Must be currently enrolled at San Diego State University, taking a minimum of 6 units


  • Previous work experience as a swimming/diving/water polo instructor or coach, or previous personal swimming/diving/water polo experience preferred
  • Previous aquatic program instruction preferred
  • Knowledge of Aztec Recreation and facilities preferred

License & Certification: 

  • Must be certified in American Red Cross CPR/AED/ First-Aid prior to the first day of work
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification required (current possession of this certification or willingness to obtain certification within first month of employment)


  • Must be able to effectively manage class dynamics and respond appropriately to situations
  • Must be a self-starter and be willing to initiate interactions with children and adults
  • Must be able to take initiative and complete additional projects in absence of the supervisor
  • Must enjoy working with children and participants of all ages
  • Must be enthusiastic, professional, and courteous at all times


  • Ability to safely instruct individuals and groups of students in an aquatic setting
  • Ability to communicate effectively and courteously with members, guests, program participants, and staff
  • Ability to work under pressure in stressful situations and make respectable decisions
  • Ability and interest to work in a fast paced, team work environment


This is a part-time position. Must be able to work 10- 15 hours per week during the academic school year, 20-37 hours/week during summer, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends with consideration of the employee’s academic schedule;  Schedule will consist of private and group lesson instruction.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While working indoors, the lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by dust, etc. Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available. Possible exposure to distracting/uncomfortable noise levels may require hearing protection to be worn when performing duties.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical requirements include but are not limited to:  walking, walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, climbing, and working in confined space, lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying loads. Depending on job tasks, physical demands may require standing and walking for extended lengths of time and may require lifting, pushing, pulling, moving and carrying items up to 50 pounds (unassisted) and 75 pounds (with assistance), and using ladders.


Inside the Organization:

  • Reports to the Aztec Aquaplex Coordinator

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with Associated Students. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current Associated Students employees who apply for the position. Fingerprinting is required for all employee and volunteer positions that have direct contact with children.