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Swim School Instructors

Job Reference schooltalent/TP/105/1194

Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Part Time Permanent
Contract Details:
Part time, 10 hours per week
£18.00 per hour
Working Hours:
10 hours per week
Closing Date:
Physical Education/Sports
Region / Division:
George Watson's College
Job Role:
Operational/Professional Services

Package Description

Location: George Watson’s College, Edinburgh

Contract Type: Permanent, part time, 10 hours per week

Salary: £26,301 - £29,351 (Based on 36.25 hours per week, 52 weeks per year). This equates to £7,255 - £8,096 (Based on a working pattern of 10 hours per week). In addition, a market pay supplement will apply which will bring the total hourly rate to £18.00.

Benefits: Seven weeks annual leave (two weeks taken over Christmas and New Year), Automatic enrolment in the contributory support staff defined contribution pension scheme, reduced school fees at George Watson’s College for children of staff, Membership of the Galleon Club (the school’s fitness club).

The Role

We are looking to recruit enthusiastic, energetic and experienced Swimming Instructors to deliver lessons for our new swimming school programme at George Watson’s College. Instructors will be responsible for planning and delivering lessons over a 3 day period of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, delivering the Scottish Swimming learn to swim framework.

  • Core hours will be 3.10pm - 6.30pm = 10 hours per week
  • 3 days in the Centre on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, totalling 10 hours per week.


To apply, please click the Apply for this job button. Please include a letter of application of not more than 800 words giving us more information about you and why you would like the role, addressed to Mr Ian McDonald, Centre for Sport Manager.

Closing date: 11:59pm on Tuesday 30 July 2024

Interviews date: To be confirmed

Main Responsibilities

  • To provide enjoyable, motivating and engaging swimming lessons for the new Galleon Swim School programme.
  • To provide 2.5 hours of lessons each day, over a 3 day period of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays following the Scottish Swimming learn to swim framework. Lessons will be run over the hours of 3.30pm to 6.30pm.
  • To be responsible for delivering the Swim Programme. You will deliver lessons and work with the Swim Coordinator to ensure you are happy with the Framework you are delivering and take part in future CPD sessions and development plans.
  • Demonstrate and deliver an attitude of positive customer relations and ensure that a high level of customer service is maintained at all times

For full details of the main responsibilities, please refer to the job description.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Passion for swimming and teaching techniques to a high standard
  • Demonstrable previous experience of delivering Swimming lessons to SSTQ, UKCC level 2 standard or equivalent
  • Be able to demonstrate all four strokes
  • In the water teaching experience without the use of floatation devices
  • High professional standards of conduct
  • Good understanding of health and safety requirements of a swimming environment
  • Excellent and professional interpersonal and written/oral communication skills; communicates in a confident, clear, and concise manner at all times
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills, combined with the ability to remain calm under pressure and deal flexibly with changing priorities
  • Personal qualities include tact, diplomacy, and a friendly, helpful and professional manner
  • Good understanding of what it means to provide excellent customer service

About the school/organisation

George Watson's College sits in the heart of Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, providing a world-class education for children and young people from Preschool to Senior 6.

We encourage our pupils to develop a love of learning through an inspiring curriculum and an extensive and inclusive enrichment programme, which are underpinned by the four values we live by: aim high, be kind, join in and respect all.

Our school is a place where pupils have the freedom to thrive, succeed, explore, perform, and grow, giving them the opportunity to discover their own limitless potential.

Preschool, junior and senior pupils all learn and play on the same 52-acre campus, where our sports facilities, music school, art department, technology building and drama studios are within walking distance.

We offer our pupils one of the widest extra-curricular programmes you will find anywhere, plus the opportunity to travel internationally during their time with us, and a broad range of learning experiences outside the classroom.

Digital technology supports and enhances learning, with every pupil encouraged to use their device where it adds real value to developing skills and critical thinking.

Our school has an enviable reputation for the breadth of opportunities pupils have to get active, with around 25 different sports available to both girls and boys. Participation, excellence, professionalism and equality are the four cornerstones of our physical education and sport department here at Watson's.

When it comes to music and drama, our pupils are given the opportunity to co-produce stunning shows, delivering memorable performances that live long beyond school days.

Most importantly, the wellbeing of our pupils matters to us more than anything else. There are various ways we support pupils to proactively manage their mental health, while a range of peer-led programmes has created a culture in which we can all play our part.

All this means that when the sun shines we celebrate the happy moments, and when it doesn't we're there to protect and support, just as our motto says: ex corde caritas - love from the heart.


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