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City of Torrance
Class Code: 0014

Class Designation: Non-Civil Service/At-Will (Part-time)

May 1991

Representation Unit: Torrance Recurrent Recreational
Employees Organization


Aquatics Instructor

Position Summary

Under supervision, teaches classes in aquatics; and performs related work as required.

Organizational Relationships

Distinguished from the Pool Manager in that the incumbent does not organize or direct the operation of the municipal swimming pool. Distinguished from the Assistant Pool Manager in that the incumbent does not direct the work of other pool personnel such as Cashier Clerks and Locker Room Attendants. Distinguished from the Lifeguard in that the Lifeguard is not primarily responsible for conducting classes in aquatics.

Representative Job Duties

  • Teaches swimming techniques by demonstrating correct movements and assisting students to remain afloat;
  • Teaches diving, skin diving, water polo, competitive and synchronized swimming
  • Participates in the organization of aquatic exhibitions at the municipal swimming pool
  • May coach the swim team and officiate at swim meets
  • Develops cooperative relationships with pool patrons to ensure positive public relations
  • Enforces pool safety rules and regulations
  • Monitors swimming and other pool activities to prevent accidents
  • Rescues swimmers in danger of drowning and applies cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid
  • Knowledge, Skills And Abilities

    Knowledge of
  • Water safety rules, lifesaving techniques and first aid;
  • Current teaching techniques and standards as outlined by the American Red Cross
  • Ability to
  • Make correct decisions and act quickly in emergencies;
  • Demonstrate swimming strokes and lifesaving techniques;
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions;
  • Prepare simple records and reports;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other personnel;
  • Apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.
  • Licenses/Certificates

    Must possess the following current certificates at time of appointment:
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (W.S.I) card;
  • American Red Cross First Aide (either multi-media, standard, or advanced);
  • America Red Cross or American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) Certificate;
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certificate.
  • Experience

    One or more seasons of experience as a lifeguard or swim instructor.


    No specific minimum required.