S.W.A.M. Sudbury instructors come from diverse backgrounds but all are dedicated dedicated volunteers. The opportunity to become a volunteer is open to all students of Laurentian University and alumni. Other members of the Sudbury community also have the opportunity to volunteer, provided that they are qualified applicants.

Although our typical instructor recruitment periods are August-September and December-January, we are always looking for new instructors! Please note that if you apply outside of the aforementioned recruitment periods, our response may be slower than usual.

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

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). Three fully certified lifeguards are always on duty during lessons.


Please note, S.W.A.M Sudbury swim sessions are currently not running. (pending COVID-19 updates).
However, we are expecting to start sessions again in the fall. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer swimming instructor this fall, please sign up with the link provided below.

Volunteer Email Sign Up 2023: Click here

Volunteer Interest Questions: Click here


I love the casual and comfortable environment that SWAM provides. We are a team who not only supports one another, but also the children and the families we meet. It is a time full of fun and learning for both the swimmers and the instructors.”
I’m a fairly new instructor with SWAM and I love it. It’s a great way to help out the community and get to know some amazing kids. The people I work with are all so nice and helpful and between them and the enthusiastic kids every minute of it is a blast. There’s no feeling that compares to when one of the sweet kids gets excited because they learned a new skill or are doing something they love.”
“I began volunteering with S.W.A.M. as a placement for my Bachelor of Education Degree, but it has proven to be so much more! The swimmers I have worked with have taught me how to better myself as an instructor, and I look forward to each and every lesson to see the big smile on their face! S.W.A.M. is truly a remarkable organization!”