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Staff Testimonial

I have just completed my 4th summer working for Barracudas. I started in 2014 as a group assistant and have worked every Easter and summer since. I progressed into the Early Years Coordinator role and as of this year became an Early Years Manager. In this time I’ve worked at two different camps and have thoroughly enjoyed working at both. Working for Barracudas has been really convenient for me, as I started just before I began training to become a Primary School Teacher, which meant I was able to work somewhere for the holidays, not only that I enjoy, but could gain a wealth of experience from. I have worked with a range of people, many that work with children outside of Barracudas also, but all have the same passion and enjoyment working with children. I’ve made some friends for life from working at camp! Going to work every day and being able to have fun with kids and act like a big kid yourself sometimes is a fun way to earn some money over the holidays. I’ve always been supported from when I started, whether it be by red shirts, blue shirts or by the area team or head office now I’m a blue shirt myself; Barracudas has really enhanced my professional development, especially in finding different ways to adapt activities to different children, behaviour management, and leadership skills, all which I can use away from camp. I would recommend working at Barracudas to anyone, but especially to those who would like a career working with children, the experience is invaluable!

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Niamh Niamh 14th September 2017
Hemel Hempstead

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Training Courses for 2017

Training courses are now available to book!

We offer a wide variety of FREE training courses here at Barracudas for our contracted staff. There are a number of different training weekends that you can attend ahead of the Easter or summer season that you are working.

The courses we offer and the dates they are available are listed below:

Fencing

If you do this two day course you will walk away with a Nationally recognised British Fencing Association qualification. This course is running on:

  • 25th/26th March in Upminster and Cobham
  • 1st/2nd July in St Albans and Cobham
  • 8th/9th July in Upminster and Chislehurst

Paediatric First Aid

This 12-hour course is Nationally recognised. This course is running on:

  • 11th/12th March in Chislehurst
  • 25th/26th March in Upminster and Cobham
  • 1st/2nd July in St Albans and Cobham
  • 8th/9th Upminster and Chislehurst
  • 15th/16th Huntingdon

Multi Activity (includes archery and motorsports)

This two day course is running on:

  • 11th/12th March in Chislehurst
  • 25th/26th March in Upminster and Cobham
  • 1st/2nd July in St Albans and Cobham
  • 8th/9th July in Upminster and Chislehurst
  • 15th/16th in Huntingdon

Inflatables

This one day course runs on:

  • 25th March in Cobham
  • 26th March in Upminster
  • 2nd July in St Albans
  • 8th July in Chislehurst
  • 9th July in Upminster

Pool

This course runs for half a day and is compulsory for when a lifeguard’s NPLQ does not cover the depth of the pool at their camp. It is also compulsory if you have not had any professional development within four months of your starting date. This course runs on:

  • 25th March in Upminster
  • 1st July in Croydon
  • 8th July in Upminster

Waterpark

This course is for camps that do not have pools. This course is running on:

  • 1st July in St Albans (9am - 11am)
  • 1st July in Cobham (2pm – 4pm)
  • 15th July in Huntingdon (9am – 11am)
  • 15th July in Huntingdon (2pm – 4pm)

Specific times, locations, and more information about the courses can be found on our recruitment website underneath the training tab here https://recruitment.barracudas.co.uk/training.

If you sign up to one of our training courses or are returning to a specialist position where you already hold a relevant qualification that you have achieved through Barracudas, you will be entered into a raffle. The raffle will be drawn at the end of Easter and then again at the end of summer.

• First Prize: £200
• Second prize: £100
• Third prize: £50

After receiving your contract log into the staff room to book onto a training course. After successfully booking on to a training course you will be automatically entered into the raffle. Good luck!