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YMCA of Greater Boston Water Exercise Instructor in Needham, Massachusetts

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Under the supervision of the Healthy Living Director, this position is responsible for teaching water aerobics under the YMCA of the USA model. Water Exercise Instructors should have experience teaching group fitness classes and enjoy working with people. This position will provide water aerobics instruction, monitor, educate patrons on fitness and safety, and maintains a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for class participants.

Position Type: Part-Time FLSA: Hourly (Non Exempt)

Seeking Tuesday Evening Instructors

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent member service by exceeding member expectations.

  • Engage in active listening with members in order to build relationships, understand individual’s goals and interests while taking the initiative to assist in the achievement of those goals.

  • Report on the deck 10 minutes before the scheduled shift dressed appropriately.

  • Agree to teach for an entire session.

  • Take notes as needed on the strengths and weaknesses of each member as adjust instruction as needed to provide the optimal workout for each individual.

  • Maintain control and safety of the class. Keep a watchful eye on everyone in the class.

  • Exercise good judgment, competence in meeting the goals, objectives, needs and interest of the YMCA, the class as a whole and the individual student.

  • Incorporate all five-program components: personal safety, water orientation/stroke development, water exercise, rescue and personal growth.



  • At least 18 years of age.

  • 1 year experience necessary.


  • Physically and verbally able to interact with members and staff.

  • Must be able to scan the pool visually.

  • May be required to sit or stand for extended period of time.

  • At times, be able to lift up to 50 lbs.


  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

  • Class Opportunities: Tuesdays, Thursdays 7:45pm-8:30pm and Fridays 8:30am-9:15am


  • Child Abuse Prevention (within first four weeks of employment)

  • Respect in the Workplace (Sexual Harassment Prevention)

  • CPR, First Aid, O2

  • YMCA Lifeguarding (preferred)

  • YSLI or WSI (preferred)

  • Water Aerobics Certification