This Cool Side Gig Pays Up to $60/Hr (and You’ll Get to Hang Out in a Pool)

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Summertime is upon us. Can you feel it in the air?

The arrival of summer always stirs up childhood nostalgia, like memories of barbeques and beach vacations.

Unfortunately for me, work tends to get in the way of engaging in my former pastime: spending days relaxing at the pool. But if you’re looking to pick up a part-time gig this summer — without sacrificing pool time — I may have the perfect opportunity for you.

Several companies are hiring mobile swim instructors. No, you won’t be teaching people to swim via your smartphone. These instructors travel to pools in their clients’ backyards, subdivisions or neighborhoods to teach folks of all ages how to swim.

These jobs are perfect for college students, teachers, part-time workers and folks who are already members of the gig economy.

What’s great about these jobs — besides that you’ll be able to keep cool in the water on hot summer days — is you can set your own hours and take on as much or as little work as you desire. Additionally, you can concentrate on the lessons while the company handles registration, billing and marketing.

The following companies are looking for mobile swim instructors now.


AquaMobile operates across all regions of the U.S. and Canada and is hiring throughout.

A company representative told The Penny Hoarder pay starts at $30 an hour and can go up to $60 an hour.

AquaMobile desires applicants to have at least two to three years of swimming instruction and lifeguarding experience plus certifications in CPR/first aid and as a lifeguard.

See here to fill out an application.

Sunsational Swim School

Sunsational Swim School has locations all across the country, including San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Tampa, New York, Seattle and more.

The school is hiring in all locations.

The pay range is $26-$40 an hour. You could also be eligible for bonuses, contests and other incentives.

Sunsational Swim School requires at least two seasons of experience, and you need to have CPR and first-aid certifications. You’ll also need a dependable vehicle and a love of working with kids — clients can range from babies to adults.

Fill out the application here.

Happy Swimmers USA

Happy Swimmers USA has locations in cities across the nation. Areas it’s hiring in include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and Orange County, California; Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Phoenix; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Orlando, Florida; and Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii.

Pay starts at $30 an hour.

You must have two to three seasons of experience, CPR certification and reliable transportation. First-aid certification is a plus.

Apply for this opportunity here.

Mobile Swim School

Based in northeast Florida, Mobile Swim School has locations in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra Beach, Nocatee and St. Augustine.

The school is hiring instructors to give swim lessons to clients ranging from infants to adults in Jacksonville.

Pay ranges from $16-$20 an hour.

Job candidates should have at least two years’ experience as a competitive swimmer, swim instructor or coach. You’ll need to get CPR and first-aid certifications within 30 days of hire, and you’ll need reliable transportation.

Apply for this position here.

The Adventure Squad

The Adventure Squad is a New Jersey-based company that provides mobile enrichment activities to children.

The company is hiring swim instructors to teach private, semiprivate and small group lessons in Monmouth, Ocean, Cape May and Passaic counties in New Jersey.

According to a company representative, pay starts at $15 an hour. There are also opportunities for bonuses and incentives.

Applicants need at least two seasons of experience teaching swimming to small children, plus lifeguard, CPR and first-aid certifications. Water safety instructor certification is a plus. You’ll also need reliable transportation and a cell phone.

Fill out an application here.

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Your Turn: Will you apply for one of these summer jobs?

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She is now on the search for swim lessons for her daughter this summer.