If you love to swim or want to instruct others how to, the San Francisco Bay Area has a number of reputable swimming schools and academies you can work for. The Bay Area has it all, with infant, child, adult, and competitive swimming lessons. 

If you want to make a splash in the right direction for your career, get hired as a swim instructor in the Bay Area and check out this list to get started:


1. American Swim Academy

Since 1973, American Swim Academy has been teaching Bay Area residents how to swim. They pride themselves on promoting water safety, comfort, and stroke technique for all ages and abilities. With affordable classes and flexible year-round schedules, their indoor heated pools are perfectly designed for swim instruction.

2. Maki Swim School

Maki Swim School aims to empower swimmers to learn at their own pace. They believe that everyone should learn this invaluable skill in a positive learning environment. They also provide training for those looking to become a swim instructor with little to no experience.

3. La Petite Baleen 

La Petite Baleen swim schools have been providing swim lessons in the San Francisco Peninsula since 1979. With year-round heated indoor pools and 4 different locations, they offer a variety of options for anyone wanting to learn how to swim. They are currently looking for year-round instructors and lifeguards.

4. Chinatown YMCA of San Francisco

Are you looking to grow as a swim instructor at one of the top swim academies to work for in San Francisco? Check for job openings at the Chinatown YMCA! This is a great place to gain experience in both group and private swim lessons. They look for candidates who embody their mission and have a National YMCA Swim Program training certificate.

5. Almaden Valley Athletic Club

Good news for all of the job seekers out there, the Almaden Valley Athletic Club hires staff year round! They are seeking people who are passionate about teaching, leading, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Whether you plan to work with them through high school, college, or post-grad, AVAC wants to set their staff up for a successful career in sports, recreation, or hospitality. AVAC is currently looking for swim and fitness instructors, and with a track record of excellent staff development and internal promotions, what are you waiting for?

6. Kings Swim Academy

With multiple locations around the Bay Area, Kings Swim Academy seeks to teach swimming to those looking for enjoyment, exercise, or life-saving skills. They excel in water safety and proper swim techniques in a clean, positive environment. Their swim instructors provide extensive training to each swimmer, allowing them to progress at their optimum pace.

7. Calphin Aquatic Club - Dublin

Calphin Aquatic Club - Dublin is currently hiring swim instructors and lifeguards! They carefully choose their staff to ensure they fit into their programs, so apply here if you have some experience as a swim instructor. With year-round swim programs, they maintain state-of-the-art swimming pools for their learn-to-swim program and competitive training.

8. The Bay Club Company

If you want to work part-time as a swim instructor in the Bay Area, apply to work at this fast-growing and well-established swimming facility. They are headquartered in San Francisco with club locations all around California. They’re looking for swim instructors who are talented, motivated, and excited to join their team.

9. Boost Swim School

Boost Swim School is a member of the United States Swim School Association, thanks to the care and attention of its owners. They provide unique programs for every level, from infants to elite swimmers. They are currently looking for swim instructors to join their professional and integrity-focused team.

10. AquaMobile Swim School

Specializing in at-home swim lessons, AquaMobile Swim School is looking for swim instructors to join their team of highly trained professionals. Although their headquarters in the Bay Area, they have locations all around the United States, Canada, and Australia.

11. DeAnza Cupertino Aquatics

DeAnza Cupertino Aquatics has one of the most comprehensive Aquatics Program in the United States. They offer learn-to-swim programs, special needs instruction for all ages, swim teams, water polo for all skill levels, and fitness swim classes for adults. With state-of-the-art facilities, we bet you’ll love working here.

12. AquaTech Swim School

This is one of the best summer jobs for college students! You don’t need any swim instructing experience to work here, as AquaTech Swim School offers training programs and certifications. They hope their instructors will leave a lasting impression on the children and adults that they work with. All lessons are focused on surviving and thriving in the water.

13. Little Dipper Aquatic Center

Little Dipper Aquatic Center is a family-owned business offering swim instruction for over 35 years. They teach all ages how to swim in a fun and safe environment. They focus on teaching their students how to be safe in the water in all circumstances.

14. Flying Fish Swimming School

The Flying Fish Swimming School was established in 2000 and is still in high demand! Lessons are taught in groups based on age and appropriate skill level. While they prefer experienced and certified instructors, they do provide their own professional training to all of their instructors as well.

15. Albany Aquatic Center

The Albany Unified School District is currently hiring an Aquatic Center Director at the Albany Aquatic Center. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with experience, looking to work full-time as a swim instructor with additional management duties.

Along with handling the roles of senior lifeguard and swim instructor, added tasks involve general administrative work, front-line supervisory duties as needed, and coordination of the day-to-day aquatic center maintenance.

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