How To Become an Instructor

SWAM instructors come from diverse backgrounds but are all dedicated student volunteers. We have two instructor recruitment periods per year, September and January.

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

  • Teaching experience (preferably, but not necessarily, swimming-related)
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience working with persons with disabilities
  • You must be a student currently studying at McGill University

Because SWAM is a non-certificate program, possession of valid certifications (such as NLS or WSI) is not a formal requirement to becoming an instructor (although it is a strong asset). A fully certified lifeguard is always on duty during lessons.

As of Fall 2018, all volunteers are required to have a valid Criminal Record Check.

Registration for winter 2020 is open now!

If you have any questions feel free to email