a female swim instructor helps a little boy float in the pool

Combine a love of swimming with interest in teaching

Varied schedules can work around individual school, family or other commitments.

Want a job with rewarding results?

  • Our swim instructors find their work highly rewarding and thrive on knowing that they are making a positive impact on the individuals that they teach every day.
  • They love seeing the progress that their students make in the water.
  • Everyone starts somewhere with a new skill and a swim instructor plays a big role for new swimmers of all ages.

What does it take to become a swim instructor?

To be a swim instructor, you:

  • Must be 15 years or older.
  • Must be currently attending high school or have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must pass a preliminary swim test.
  • Must be able to obtain Red Cross Basic Swim Instructor certification – Free Paid Training 

Not exactly sure what this takes? Talk to a recruiter or read the drop-down information below.

What does a swim instructor do?

Our swim instructors make a difference in lifelong safety by teaching community members to swim. And they get a chance to be physically active while also growing skills in others.

You’ll learn to:

  • Plan and instruct basic swim and water safety programs
  • Provide for the progress, safety, comfort and enjoyment of class participants
  • Communicate with lesson participants and parents

See the full job description for more information.

What's the training like?

The paid swim instructor training includes classroom work and shadow teaching before you’re ready to teach on your own.

  • In-person classroom instruction is approximately 24 hours in length.
  • 6 hours of shadow teaching with support and guidance from an experienced swim instructor.

What's the hiring process like?

Great question!

Submit an application.
Complete an application from the link on our Current Job Opportunities webpage. Applicants are asked to provide certification that they are a veteran or disabled veteran to receive veteran’s preference. Your application and submitted responses to the supplemental questions will be the information we use for our evaluation.

Next, there’s a swim test & interview.
Next, we’ll set up an interview to discuss the role, conduct a preliminary swim test and review the training commitment. Training is paid.
The preliminary swim test consists of:

  • 50-meter swim freestyle
  • 50-meter swim backstroke
  • 50-meter swim breaststroke (this style is not mandatory to know).

Interested? Let's talk about the opportunities.

  • Questions? Let's see how we can help.

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Questions? We’re here to help!

For Recruitment and Application Questions:

Our District Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, closed on holidays. 

BPRD Recruiting
Hiring questions? Call or email:
Anahi Juarez: (541) 706-6157
Sabrina Pinkerton: (541) 706-6139

Image of a kid and youth instructor at a Kid's Swim Lessons class.

Bend Park and Recreation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The District is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  It is the District’s policy to employ, retain, promote, terminate and otherwise treat all employees and job applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications, and competence.  This policy shall be applied without regard to any individual’s gender, gender identity (individual’s actual gender identity, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that traditionally associated with the individual’s sex at birth, or is transitioning gender), sexual orientation, race, color, religion, veteran status, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, or physical or mental disability or which, with reasonable accommodation, does not prevent the employee from adequately performing the essential functions of the position, or any other status protected by the law unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification.