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Staff Testimonial

I have worked at barracudas for five years now and have moved up roles from being a lifeguard to group coordinator to early years manager. Barracudas is just good fun, you get to work with great, like-minded people and help children have an exciting day. Also, I do like that there's opportunities to grow in the roles on camp. I started when I was 18 and I had developed my skills and this has been recognised by management, giving me the opportunity to progress. Working at barracudas has given me great experience and helped me so much while I was training to be a primary school teacher and once I had qualified. You learn so much from other staff across camp, that you become an expert in creating exciting and fun activities. At times I have been inspired. I would recommend barracudas to anyone with/wanting experience with children and who is willing to work hard. The people that work the hardest get the most out of the experience. It genuinely is a fun job and you meet really good friends.


Chloe Chloe 2nd November 2016

Roles | Lifeguard

Whatever your role at any Barracudas camp, your primary responsibility is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of children in your care, to safeguard them and protect them from harm. Once these fundamentals are ensured you should aim to give each of them such an amazing experience they can’t wait to come back!

Responsibilities: Lifeguards are responsible for the safety of children and staff in and around the pool area. Lifeguards must have full understanding of Barracudas NOP and EAP and implement all safety procedures therein. 

Duties include: 
• Follow policies and procedures outlined in the Swimming Pool file
• Complete daily checks of water, signage and buoyancy aids and maintain written records
• Provide safety instructions to bathers at the start of each session and ensure they are adhered to
• Direct non-Lifeguarding staff in their non-Lifeguarding pool duties
• Undertake swim tests, assign buoyancy aids as required and keep written records
• Ensure appropriate levels of staff and Lifeguards are maintained for bather levels
• Identify emergencies quickly and take the appropriate course of action
• Ensure the pool is securely locked all times when not in use
• Anticipate problems and prevent accidents from occurring

• A valid NPLQ issued through RLSS, STA, or HABC and be able to provide the original certificate
• Complete and pass a Barracudas competency assessment around CPR and physical fitness
• Be mentally alert, self-disciplined, physically fit and have good hearing and vision
• Be able to make a retrieval from the bottom of the pool you are Lifeguarding at
• All Lifeguards are required to attend a pool induction session, which may not be at your camp location
• Aged 18 or over by the time you start
• You will be eligible to work in the UK
• You will provide satisfactory references, 1 of which must be from a previous/current Lifeguarding role
• All staff must obtain an enhanced DBS check through Barracudas
• If you are new to Barracudas you will have to attend an Assessment day. These take place over the weekend at locations. You can view 2018 Assessment Day dates here. This day will contain a mixture of practical and theory based workshops
• All staff need to attend an Induction Training Day (this will most likely take place within a 7 day period before your camp opens)*

Age of children:  4½ years – 14 years  
Salary: £10 per hour
Hours: 9am – 4.30pm

*During Induction training day, lifeguards will have time to read the Swimming Pool file and familiarise themselves with the contents for the specific pool they will be lifeguarding at, along with their duties and responsibilities. In any event it must be read prior to any lifeguarding duties.

NB: The above is an example of what may be involved in your duties as a lifeguard, and is designed to give you an insight into what the role entails. Your day may be similar to this but not identical and will include a range of other tasks and responsibilities.

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