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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

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

Requirements:
• 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.