Community Education | Water Exercise Instructor | Community Education | Closing: Accepting Applications


Location can vary between middle school pools at District 196
Black Hawk, Scott Highland

Effective Date of Employment:

Job Summary:
Water Exercise Instructors motivate and teach students in water exercise courses according to current exercise standards and in accordance with the goals of the District 196 Community Education Aquatics Program.
Water Exercise Instructors:

  1. Must have the ability to relate to adults in a professional manner.
  2. Must have strong leadership and public relations skills.
  3. Must have sound decision-making skills.
  4. Must have the ability to maintain self-control in stressful situations.
  5. Are strongly recommended to have professional certifications in the area of exercise science (AEA, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, NDEITA, MEITA, and YMCA), CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid certifications.

Water Exercise Instructors must:

  1. Know, understand and follow all rules, policies and chain of command of the District 196 Community Education Aquatics Program.
  2. Be responsible for safety of students.
  3. Communicate with customers in a professional manner.  Refer any unresolved issues to the Aquatic Coordinator.
  4. Conduct classes in keeping with current exercise principles and in keeping with the needs of the participants.
  5. Incorporate a variety of exercises and equipment in classes.
  6. Arrive on deck 15 minutes prior to the start of the first class and have all necessary equipment ready before class.
  7. Start and end classes on time.
  8. Meet state health department requirements for being in the pool.  If injuries or open wounds prevent entering the water a substitute will be necessary.
  9. Notify the Aquatic Coordinator as to the reason for an absence and provide the name of the qualified staff person who will substitute.
  10. Take ownership of substitute shifts.  If unable to work once committed to a substitute shift, take responsibility to find another substitute.
  11. Be responsible for maintenance and storage of equipment.
  12. Maintain a professional appearance at all times. Swimsuits for females must be one piece and for males must be trunk style.
  13. Have a full working knowledge of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and assist when necessary.
  14. Document all accidents and incidents immediately.
  15. Notify the Aquatic Coordinator when a potentially serious problem is noticed.
  16. Attend all instructor in-services. Notify the Aquatic Coordinator if unable to attend Make-up responsibilities must be completed in a timely fashion.
  17. Provide the Aquatic Coordinator with Intent to Work information as requested.
  18. Complete all required employment records, including time sheets, in an honest and timely manner.
  19. Perform miscellaneous tasks as assigned.
  20. Instructors are not permitted to recruit participants in the District 196 Community Education Aquatics Program for personal business purposes.

Typical Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Water Exercise Instructors must be able to:

  1. Observe all areas of the pool with clear vision.
  2. Hear noises and distress signals in the aquatic environment.
  3. Communicate effectively with people in normal, loud and stressful situations, including projecting one’s voice across distance.
  4. Be in water ranging from 80-90 degrees.

Application Procedure:
Apply Online at
Responsible To:
Aquatics Coordinator, Lifeguard Supervisor / Swim Lesson Manager

Water Exercise Instructor – not certified $16.50 – $17.50, depending on qualifications
* Certification Required: CPR and First Aid
Water Exercise Instructor – certified $19.50 – $20.00, depending on qualifications
* AEA, ACE, NETA, YMCA certification, CPR and First Aid

In District 196, the sky’s the limit for students and employees. That’s because our committed team of educators is dedicated to helping learners explore their infinite possibilities and reach their full potential. Our whole child, “Triple-A” approach provides students and staff boundless opportunities to learn, grow and pursue their interests in academics, the arts and athletics.
District 196 is a Minnesota public school district of choice, serving more than 29,000 students and 160,000 residents in the cities of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Coates, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville and Empire and Vermillion townships. District 196 is the fourth largest school district in Minnesota and among the largest employers in Dakota County, with more than 4,000 full- and part-time employees. District 196 has been named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best-in-State Employers multiple times based on a survey asking employees to rate their employer and how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others.
District 196 has 19 elementary schools (grades K-5); six middle schools (grades 6-8); four high schools (grades 9-12); an optional School of Environmental Studies for juniors and seniors; an Area Learning Center high school program; a K-12 special education school for students with emotional and behavioral difficulties, and a special education program serving young adults ages 18-21. The district also operates three learning centers that provide early childhood and Adult Basic Education services, and offers extensive community education programs and classes for life-long learners of all ages.
Equal Opportunity Employer
As required by Title IX and other state and federal nondiscrimination laws, District 196 does not discriminate in employment or in any of its education programs and activities, including vocational opportunities, on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, familial status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, age or genetic information. District 196 provides equal access to designated youth groups.
The Director of Human Resources, Tom Pederstuen (651-423-7859 – is the designated Title IX Coordinator and has also been designated to respond to employment-related inquiries regarding the district’s non-discrimination policies. The Director of Elementary Education, Sally Soliday (651-423-7782 – and the Director of Secondary Education, Michael Bolsoni (651-423-7712 – have been designated to respond to student-related inquiries regarding the district’s non-discrimination policies. The Director of Special Education, Janet Fimmen (651-423-7629 – has been designated to respond to inquiries concerning the rights of a student with a disability. The mailing address for all directors is 3455 153rd Street W, Rosemount, MN 55068. Title IX inquiries may also be referred to the Assistant Secretary of the US Office for Civil Rights (OCR).