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YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Swim Team Coach in Crystal Lake, Illinois

Swim Team Coach Opportunity

Take your team to the top!

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is hiring for multiple, part-time Swim Team Coaches.

As a Swim Team Coach, you will be responsible for promoting and developing the YMCA swim team, facilitating the growth and improvement of swim team participants, and creating a positive experience for participants and their families. This position will have a base located at the Sage YMCA center, a community-focused nonprofit, located in Crystal Lake, IL.

Make a difference by contributing to building a better, stronger community for all. The Y offers a variety of impactful programming to all ages and families. Following the Y's impact for more than 150 years, the mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families, and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness, and healthy living. In this role, you'll be an integral part of the YMCA team.

As a Swim Team Coach, you will be responsible for promoting and developing the YMCA swim team by facilitating the growth and improvement of swim team participants and creating a positive experience for participants and their families. This includes coordinating with the Head Coach to develop and implement practices, engaging participants and families to meet their needs, preparing for meets and other special events and ensuring the safety of participants.

Our staff is the Y's greatest asset. Our teams provide valuable skills, knowledge, and passion that is essential to the contribution and positive impact in our communities, which is why we offer Y employees numerous perks and benefits, including:

  • Comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees

  • Opportunity for eligible employees to participate in the Y's retirement fund

  • Be part of a team that is passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment for all staff, volunteers, and members

  • Do meaningful work and contribute to the advancement of the YMCA vision by meeting the needs of the people in our communities

  • Complimentary Adult YMCA membership and an employee discount on select programs

  • Career advancement opportunities - grow your career at the Y!

Scope of Responsibilities:

Coaching/Participant Experience

  • Coaches, trains and mentors swimmers to foster development, maximize swimming performance, and teach appropriate swimming techniques.

  • Leads swim team practices developed by Head Coach and assists Head Coach with design of training programs. Engages swimmers and parents to cultivate collaborative relationships. Modifies and customizes workouts to match swimmer skill levels. Provides feedback to swimmers and parents to facilitate improvement, refine abilities and prevent injury.

  • Captures and records swimming times to track progress and determine meet eligibility

Meet Preparation and Execution

  • Stays abreast of meet rules and guidelines to ensure compliance with standards

  • Assists with the submission of meet entries

  • Assists with the coordination of suits and uniforms

  • Supervises swim team members at meets and other team functions

  • Cooperates with swim team volunteers, officials, scorekeepers and timers


  • Ensures the physical and emotional health and safety of swimmers by being safety conscious, following all established YMCA standards and critically evaluating situations for potential risks.

  • Ensures compliance with established rules and regulations to ensure safety. Monitors swimmers and the pool and provides corrective coaching and intervention as necessary.

Continued Education & Training

  • Actively participates in obtaining further water safety certifications.

  • Attends all in-service trainings and staff meetings as scheduled by supervisor or center leadership team.

  • Maintains job-related certifications and documents completion of certifications in the Human Resources Information System

Minimum Requirements & Preferred Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.

  • Must successfully complete the YMCA’s Aquatics Academy training program resulting in certification or have current YMCA or American Red Cross certification as well as current First Aid, AED, CPR and Oxygen Administration certifications.

  • Physical mobility to properly use aquatic equipment to rescue a 200 lb. person and meet other physical requirements required for job certification.

  • Must be mentally alert to dangerous situations in order to assure the safety of all swimmers.

  • Must be physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aid effectively.

  • Demonstrates evidence of YMCA Team competencies in previous experience or practice

Child Abuse Prevention: This position supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:

  • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor

  • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children

  • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor

  • Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

Street: 701 Manor Rd.

Days and/or Times Needed: Various shifts available. Apply to gain more details.

ID: 2021-13431

Full-time/Part-time: Part-time