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 for 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.

FALL 2022 UPDATE: Registration is currently OPEN. To apply, please fill in the following form:

Applications for Fall instructors are due on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.

If you have any questions feel free to email