How To Become an Instructor

As of Fall 2018, all SWAM Volunteers must have an up-to-date Police Background Check/ Vulnerable Sectors Check in order to complete an application!!! In Hamilton Police Background Checks can be obtained in person at 155 King William Street or online at

2023-24 FALL Instructor Application Form:

SWAM instructors come from diverse backgrounds but all are dedicated McMaster University student volunteers. Our typical instructor recruitment periods are August-September and December-January. However, we are happy to look over applications at other times! If you are interested please email directly. Please note that if you apply outside of the mentioned recruitment periods, our response may be slower than usual.

In addition to strong swimming skills, qualified applicants will have:

  • Current certifications (Red Cross or Lifesaving Society swim instructor certification)
  • Teaching experience (preferably, but not necessarily, swimming-related)
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience working with persons with disabilities

Instructor Testimonials

“I've always loved to teach swimming lessons, and SWAM gave me a way to keep doing that during my university career while making a ton of amazing friends (in both the swimmers and the instructors alike) at the same time!
I love the casual and comfortable environment that SWAM provides. We are a team who not only supports one another, but also the children and the families we meet. It is a time full of fun and learning for both the swimmers and the instructors.”
I’m a fairly new instructor with SWAM and I love it. It’s a great way to help out the community and get to know some amazing kids. The people I work with are all so nice and helpful and between them and the enthusiastic kids every minute of it is a blast. There’s no feeling that compares to when one of the sweet kids gets excited because they learned a new skill or are doing something they love.”