Rec Assistant (GEI)

US Department of the Navy



    This position is assigned to the Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Fitness, Sports, and Deployed Forces Branch; Fleet Readiness; Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC); MWR Fitness & Aquatics Center on Norfolk Naval Ship Yard in Portsmouth Virginia. Incumbent serves as Water Safety/Swim Instructor for the Aquatics Program. The primary function of this position is to instruct swimming and water safety classes at the Aquatics facility for patrons of all ages.



    Duties include but are not limited to:

    • Instructs various levels of swimming including various strokes (e.g., front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly, etc.). Teaches students from age groups of infant through adult.
    • Instructs basic diving, safety and survival skills to students.
    • Works with lifeguards to ensure swim lessons are safe at all times.
    • Enforces pool safety standards and facility operational rules for all individuals using the facilities.
    • Plans and organizes instruction methods and goals that support the general teaching outlines provided by the Aquatics Program Manager and the certifying organization.
    • Organizes and directs activities of students in order to provide a high level of quality instructions for all pool patrons.
    • Develops swim program according to student’s ability and promotes students to higher levels of swimming according to their skills.
    • Provides individual feedback to parents/guardians regarding student’s swimming developments and achievements.
    • Provides introductory equipment orientations, when needed.
    • Inspects equipment used for swim instruction, ensuring they are within the condition required by environmental health standards. Informs supervisor of deficiencies.
    • Administers aquatic assessment testing and certification in accordance with Department of Defense(DoD), Department of the Navy (DON) and CNIC policy.
    • Completes and submits records and documentation of completed lessons to the Aquatics Program Manager and the American Red Cross office.
    • Works with the Aquatics Program Manager on an on-going basis to upgrade, improve and refine individual teaching skills related to teaching effective swimming lessons to various age groups and various skill levels.
    • Prepares and completes accident/incident reports during emergency situations. Notifies management of all emergencies immediately.
    • Works with hazardous materials (e.g., cleaning agents, pool chemicals, etc.).
    • Checks identification cards to ensure proper patron usage.
    • s organize and assists in the development of special programs, activities or instruction.
    • Completes regular cleaning and tidying of equipment used for swim lessons to ensure the maintenance of a safe environment for staff and patrons.
    • Answers telephone providing information in regards to facility hours of operation, upcoming special events and programs, etc.
    • Completes the Daily Activity Reports, handling cash where fees apply, verifying the amount of money collected and dropping the cashier bag in the drop safe.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0189 Recreation Aid And Assistant

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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • Ability to satisfactorily complete background investigation – National Agency Check with Written Inquires (NACI), upon hiring and renew every 5 years or a Child Care National Agency check with Inquires when there is regular contact with children.


    Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

    • Knowledge of the organization’s instructional methods and goals.
    • Knowledge of DoD, DON, and CNIC aquatic assessment and testing policy.
    • Knowledge of basic water safety equipment utilized for various age groups.
    • Knowledge of basic first aid procedures to include automated external defibrillator and blood borne pathogens.
    • Knowledge of basic arithmetic to compute charges, disperse change accurately, and prepare reports.
    • Knowledge of cash handling procedures.
    • Ability to complete a 300-yard swim in less than 10 minutes.
    • Ability to assess and provide instruction on various swimming skills, basic diving, and water safety skills to various age groups ranging from infant through adult.
    • Ability to plan and organize appropriate skill-and age-based swimming instruction.
    • Ability to handle/rescue persons in the water of various sizes, who may panic or be unconscious.
    • Ability to enforce rigid safety regulations to ensure maximum protection of swimmers.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

    You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

    As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.


    Work may include extended hours of sitting and standing and requires prolonged hours in the pool during swim lessons or other activities. Work involves frequent lifting or pulling of pool equipment, cleaning supplies, and program participants. Must be able to lift 50lbs.


    Work primarily performed in indoor or outdoor pools. Indoor aquatics facilities are subject to high humidity. Outdoor aquatics/waterfront facilities are subject to variable weather conditions.


    Must possess and maintain the following certifications:

    • Water Safety Instructor (in accordance with CNICINST 1710.3);
    • Lifeguard Training Certification (in accordance with CNICINST 1710.3);
    • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Providers;
    • First Aid to include Automated External Defibrillator Certification; and
    • Blood Borne Pathogens.

    Ability to satisfactorily complete background investigation – National Agency Check with Written Inquires (NACI), upon hiring and renew every 5 years or a Child Care National Agency check with Inquires when there is regular contact with children under the age of 18.

    Must be able to work varied work schedules to include holidays, weekends, and evenings.

    Must be able to work with hazardous materials (e.g., cleaning agents, pool chemicals, etc.).


    Additional information

    We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee’s eligibility to work in the United States.

    Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

    For positions requiring travel more than twice per year, selectee may be required to obtain and maintain in good standing a Government-issued Travel Card for official government travel purposes.

    The Department of the Navy (DON) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, reprisal, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they may require reasonable accommodations should email their request to nsapplications@ to ensure proper consideration is given. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    This activity is a Drug-Free workplace. The use of illegal drugs by NAF employees, whether on or off duty, cannot and will not be tolerated. Federal employees have a right to a safe and secure workplace, and Sailors, their family members, and all other customers have a right to a reliable and productive Federal workforce.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    All resumes will be reviewed to determine if they meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement, and will be rated based on the information provided in the resume to determine the level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements. Using the qualifications of the position, a predetermined rating criterion of knowledge, skills, and abilities will be used for each resume. Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

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    Proof of education (transcripts/copy of degree/high school diploma), if applicable to position requirements.

    If claiming Veteran’s Preference, a legible copy of DD-214 (page 4) as well as any other supporting documentation (disability, proof of service, SF-15, etc). is required.

    If claiming Military Spouse Preference, a copy of sponsor’s orders is required for NF-03 and below or equivalent.

    If claiming Department of Defense (DOD) Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) Business Based Action (BBA) Priority consideration, submit a copy of the notice of separation.

    If you are a current federal employee, submit your most recent Personnel Action Report (PAR) or SF-50.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Comprehensive benefits package (medical, dental, life insurance, spouse & dependent life insurance, long-term disability, retirement, and 401(k) savings plan, annual and sick leave, tuition reimbursement, etc.). Not applicable to Flexible employees.

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