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I started working at Barracudas in the summer of 2016 as a Group Coordinator in Cobham. I had an absolutely amazing time, it helped me learn how to coordinate with lots of children and how to run fun, exciting sessions. This experience has contributed greatly to my teaching knowledge and has helped my confidence in and out of the classroom grow enormously. The managers were extremely helpful and informative, without being intimidating or condescending. They made the whole experience a lot easier for the new staff and ensured we all had a great time. Thanks for a great summer, Barracudas!


Georgia Georgia 22nd November 2016

Roles | Lifeguard

The vast majority of children love swimming and this is always a popular activity choice for all ages. As a Lifeguard, you will be responsible for ensuring that activities taking place in and around the pool are fun, exciting and age appropriate, whilst maintaining the highest level of safety for each and every child and staff member in the pool area. 

Age of children:  4½ years – 14 years

Salary: £300 - £360 per week (dependant on age). 

Hours: 8.30am-5pm or 9am-5.30pm.

Requirements: A valid NPLQ, NARS, American Red Cross or HABC Level 2 pool Lifeguard qualification is essential, and we will need to see the original certificate.

You will be required to attend a Pool training Course if either of the following apply to you:
-Your qualification does not cover the depth of the pool you will be working at
-You have not been employed as a Lifeguard, or received professional development Lifeguard training within 4 months of your start date

If you are a new staff member you will be required to attend an Assessment Day. This day will contain a mixture of practical and theory based workshops.

A DBS check is required for every member of staff who works for Barracudas.

Locations: All camps except Ashford, Cambridge, Egham, Hayes, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Maidstone, Romford, Streatham and Clapham, Tonbridge, Watford, Welwyn, Wokingham and Woodford

Chigwell, Farnham, Harlow and Horsham have outdoor pools so this role is only available for summer.

A day at Barracudas for a Lifeguard: Ahead of camp, all lifeguards are offered a professional development session that counts towards your required ongoing training for your continued lifeguard qualification. You must familiarise yourself with our activity codes of practice for pool use and pass your online test.

When you arrive at camp each day, you may have the important role of being a ‘runner’. You will be the first staff member the child meets and as such their first impressions will be with you. You will need to settle any nerves, be positive and encouraging and introduce them to their Group Co-ordinator who will continue the settling process and introduce them to other children in their group.

If parents have informed us that their child can swim 25 metres, a swim test is completed to confirm their ability. There are strict policies around the ability and age of children and the depth they can swim at, which you must implement.

Session 1 may be the Barracudas aged 11+ in the pool playing water polo. Session 2 could be the youngest on camp, the minnows aged 4½, playing with floats and woggles in the shallow end of the pool. Sessions 5 and 6 may be children aged 7, 8 and 9 having team relay races. We want children to learn and build new skills and gain confidence in the water. The group staff will organise the games, your priority remains safety.

Session 4 could be you leading or assisting with other activities such as softball, cricket and kinball to name a few.

When the end of the day is approaching and the main timetable of activities has finished, you will then act as a runner again. Following our security procedures, you reunite child and parent together again, with hopefully an excited and worn out child who can’t wait to come back and a very happy parent.


The above is an example of what may be involved in your day 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.