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  • Swim Instructor 
    • Chapel Hill - morning, afternoon and evening shifts available 7 days a week
    • Durham - afternoon shifts available on Saturday/Sunday
    • Morrisville - morning, afternoon and evening shifts available 7 days a week 
  • Swim Coach  
    • Durham - afternoon shifts available on Saturday/Sunday

We are happy to train you and certify you as needed!

Swim Instructors will be teaching private, semi-private, and family lessons at local community pools. You set your availability and we will work with you to schedule your shifts. Shifts are typically 2-5 hours long, generally within the hours of 9am-7pm. You have the option to work as little as 1 shift a week or many more! You provide your availability and we handle all the contracts, policies, insurance, marketing, scheduling, communication and billing with customers. Your primary job is to show up and do the fun part - teaching your students!

Swim Coaches will be working with swimmers who can swim at least a 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke, and have at minimum a basic knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly. Current shifts available are on Saturday and Sunday - a perfect way to earn some extra income outside your classes or other job.

All Positions: All positions will include some paid hours of training and ongoing education (how much will depend on your current skill level) and some basic administrative and communicative tasks (logging hours, email communication, etc.).

Pay Rate: $12-20 per hour, depending on current experience and skill level, with raises given as you grow with us.

Length of Employment: We schedule a season at a time and have ongoing opportunities as our company grows- with many extra options in the summers. We value our employees and we know the value of consistency for our students, so we do our best to make Blue Dolphins a company you want to continue with for as long as possible!

About Us: We believe in running a program that is based on learning the core skills that promote safe swimming and focuses on individual improvement, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun. We support our instructors and staff with good pay, training, and supplies, and we value keeping morale high, the workload reasonable, and the job enjoyable.

Who We Want: We are looking for staff who can provide quality instruction through proper technique, ensure the safety of all swimmers, and create a positive and fun learning environment. Ideal applicants are swim instructors, swim team coaches, competitive swimmers, and school teachers/educators. We are also a great fit for nannies, babysitters, parents, and others who enjoy children and love to teach. 


  • Confident swimmer (competition experience a plus, but not required)
  • Able to be physically active for several hours at a time in a chlorinated pool
  • Passionate about creating a fun, safe swimming experience for students and their families
  • Enjoys out-of-the-box thinking and curating teaching skills
  • Timely in communication and punctual to work
  • Communicates well with children and adults
  • Communicates promptly and professionally with clients, coworkers, and employer
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Able to pass a background check
  • Quick learner who is able to receive feedback and enjoys problem solving
  • Able and willing to perform simple computer tasks (email, logging timesheets, etc.)

To be considered for employment, please fill out the application HERE.

Coach Maya:

"I swam on BDA when I was a kid so it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to coach for them now. The BDA community is wonderful and unlike any swim team I've been on before. It is truly beautiful inside and out, from both the teammate and coach perspective. Now I get to be part of the community that helped me thrive. I love BDA!"

Coach Annabelle:

"I loved working for Blue Dolphins! I worked as both a lifeguard and a swim coach! I had a truly great experience with both! Coaching was really fun and I felt like I learned a lot about coaching! Everyone I worked with was super nice and it was an amazing experience!"