Lead Site Competitive Swim Coach/Aquatics Director

Job Description:

Location: Gloucester, MA, USA

This is an exciting new opportunity that will play a key role in an existing Y location that within 18-20 months will transition into an entirely new facility in the same community with expanded aquatics capabilities and opportunities.

The Lead Site Coach/Aquatics Director is responsible for acting in a leadership capacity for all coaches, lifeguards and aquatics instructors at this particular site. This role is charged with development, implementation and management of all Competitive Aquatics and Aquatics programs. Key to this role is attracting, retaining and transitioning swimmers of all ages and abilities through the levels of our learn to swim programs, water activities and further achieving a successful conversion rate of swimmers to the Competitive Aquatics programs. Through dynamic planning, high quality engagement, and direct service, our competitive swim coach and aquatics directors provide guidance on the technical and physical skills of swimming, help coordinate and participate in swim meets (both home and away), create an environment of fun, relationship building, belonging and personal achievement while fostering a lifelong love of swimming and the water. This role also carries with it the responsibility of managing staff and handling the administrative duties as they relate to the programs and operations of this aquatics department.


Competitive Aquatics

    • Act as the Lead Site coach as part of a larger swim team organization.

    • Develop and Lead structured swim team practices focusing on stroke technique, competition preparedness, relationship building and collaboration based on the YNS competitive swim schedule.

    • Maintain consistent, clear, effective and positive communication with youth and parents on the team. Personally build relationships with YMCA members through daily interactions.

    • Attend, on an as needed basis, all swim team events such as meets, meetings, trainings, social events, etc.;

    • Keep detailed and accurate records as needed including attendance, work-outs and swimmer progression. Lead site specific events and assist in association wide swim team social event planning, as necessary.

    • Work collaboratively with the local Y aquatics staff to support member engagement. Be proactive and flexible in addressing community needs regarding competitive aquatics.

    • Keep up to date on all competitive aquatics trends and events in an effort to maintain

    • Assist in creating thorough, age-appropriate workouts focusing on technique, endurance, stroke development, drills, etc.

    • Assist in coordinating and executing swim team competitions and meet registrations. Record times at swim meets.

    • Act as an engaged and participative member of the entire site and its operations


    • Actively participate in the in-water instruction programs provided at this site

    • Direct and supervise YMCA Aquatics and Competitive Aquatics programs and activities

    • Establish and innovate new programs and scheduling to increase and improve the quality of programming and quantity of registrants in aquatics programming.

    • Recruit, hire, train, develop and manage staff for all components of the Aquatics operations

    • Monitor daily operation of site pool(s) in accordance with local, state and YMCA health and safety guidelines and regulations

    • Manages and maintains all pool operation and programming equipment

    • Adhere to all safety guidelines for pool and aquatics operations according to local, state, YMCA and Risk Management guidelines and regulations.

    • Provide excellent member service and engagement

    • Participate in the development of marketing efforts for aquatics programming

    • Participate in annual YMCA fund raising and special events, as needed

    • Manages all reporting relative to programming, activities and pool operation management


QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should be local to the Gloucester, MA area 

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate work experience

  • At least 21 years of age with 3-5 years experience as a Competitive Swim Coach, preferably in a leadership capacity

  • Current USA Swimming and or YMCA Swim coach credentials

  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency of swim skills in accordance with YMCA standards and have a strong foundation in stroke mechanics and be able to communicate effectively with swimmers and their parents

  • Enthusiastic presence with good communication skill

  • Certifications: CPO, CPR, AED, Basic First Aid certification or willingness to obtain

The YMCA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, protected genetic information, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation.

How to Apply

  1. Got to https://www.northshoreymca.org/about/work-y and click on “View Career Opportunities”
  2. Search for Lead Site Competitive Swim Coach/Aquatics Director and complete application

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