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IFLY Private Lesson Instructor

Rate of pay: Pay dependent upon years of experience, training, and certifications

Work location: Campus Recreation & Wellness

What you will learn

You can expect to learn skills such as leadership, time management, providing appropriate feedback, and working with people from diverse backgrounds as well as part of a team.  Although your job in the Division of Student Life may not be directly related to your future profession, the skills you learn here will help you in your chosen career path and give you valuable work experience to strengthen your resume.

Basic job function

IFLY Private Lesson Instructors are USA Swimming Certified Coaches that provide quality one-on-one or small group competitive swimming instruction for various individuals, including current IFLY swimmers and prospective members within the general community.


  • Includes all responsibilities of the Assistant Swim Coach - IFLY position.
  • Teach competitive swimming skills to athletes in an individual or small group setting.
  • Provide documentation of lesson attendance and payment for each lesson to the Head Coach or designated administrator.
  • Independent coordination of lesson schedule and communication with participants/parents.
  • Schedule lessons during hours approved by the Aquatic Director & Head Coach.
  • Verify pool availability before scheduling lessons.
  • Arrive on time to scheduled lessons and be prepared to instruct.
  • Identify yourself as an IFLY coach to Aquatic Staff/Lifeguard and inform them at the time of each private lesson.
  • Set up equipment and materials necessary for individual instruction.
  • Use of video equipment as necessary and appropriately to analyze/critique stroke technique.
  • Provide in-depth explanation of stroke corrections to participants/parents.
  • Refine technique and skills of current IFLY athletes to complement their training with IFLY.
  • Develop technique of prospective IFLY members in order to prepare them for club membership.
  • Any additional duties as assigned by the IFLY Head Coach.


  • Must have swimming experience as a competitor or a swim coach or both
  • Current USA Swimming Coaching Certification (requires USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training, Criminal Background Check, and Safety Training certifications)
  • Must have successfully completed USA Swimming Foundations of Coaching 101 course
  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification
  • Demonstrate knowledge of competitive swimming technique
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Familiarity with stroke/video analysis software
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups through a variety of situations
  • Display a positive and encouraging attitude at every lesson
  • Ability to teach swimmers various skills with both patience and enthusiasm
  • Ability to use independent judgment when needed
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Must be able to accommodate a variable work schedule that may include early mornings, late evening and weekends
  • Ability to work during some University breaks (e.g. Thanksgiving, Spring Break)

Training requirements

  • CPR/AED/First-Aid certification or ability to obtain upon hire
  • Must successfully complete a background check
  • Completion of University of Iowa Bloodborne Pathogens training
  • Recreational Services Orientation
  • Minors on Campus

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