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Staff Testimonial

I started working at the beginning of summer 2016 as a Senior Sports Instructor at Harlow camp. What I enjoyed most at camp was, the range of different activities was so broad it made making the experience as enjoyable and varied as possible. Working with barracudas has helped me to improve my leadership skills through a hands-on experience. Also this has helped me to gather skills and ideas on how to differentiate any game to get maximum enjoyment for the children. I would definitely recommend Barracudas to anyone, as there really is no job like it. Every day was different and you get paid to have fun with the children at camp! All the staff were fantastic and the facilities are amazing! I can't wait to go back!

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James James 2nd November 2016
Harlow

Barracudas Aim to Train!

Barracudas is committed to giving you the best training we possibly can, that is why we offer you FREE nationally recognised and internal courses across several venues and dates. Attending a training course can increase your wage level and is a great way to devleop your skills.

All members of staff will ideally hold a relevant qualification in order to work on camp. These include childcare qualifications, sporting qualifications and creative qualifications, as well as any of the qualifications gained through taking the courses below. If you are unsure of whether or not your qualification is valid, please contact us.

2018 Training Courses & Dates!

Multi Activity (MA)

The Multi Activity course provides a fantastic opportunity to learn to lead two of our favourite activities on camp! For staff that want to teach children new skills in quad biking, go karting and archery this one and a half day course is for you! We will not only show you the basics we will teach you how to create fun and exhilarating sessions and even some maintenance tips. Having some experience in leading groups of children would be ideal but no activity knowledge is required to undertake the course as we teach you all you need to know. If you are applying for a MA role on camp you will have to undertake this course to fulfil your contract.

Course Dates & Venues

  • Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th March 2018 (St Albans)
  • Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th March 2018 (Upminster)
  • Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th March 2018 (Woking)
  • Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July 2018 (Chelmsford)
  • Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July 2018 (Egham)
  • Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th July 2018 (St Albans)
  • Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th July 2018 (Tonbridge)
  • Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th July 2018 (Upminster)

Course Length: 1 and 1/2 day

Fencing (BFA)

The Fencing course is run by British Fencing Trainers who come along to our training weekends at our selected venues and train a group of up to 12 staff, over a fun interactive two day course that will teach you everything you need to know about fencing. The qualification you will receive is Nationally recognised, valid for 3 years and can be used outside of Barracudas. The course also includes a one hour Epi Pen training session. If you are offered a Fencing Instructor role on camp you will have to complete this course.

Course Dates & Venues

  • Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th March 2018 (Upminster)
  • Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th March 2018 (Woking)
  • Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July 2018 (Chelmsford)
  • Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July 2018 (Egham)
  • Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th July 2018 (Tonbridge)
  • Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th July 2018 (Upminster)

Course Length: 2 days

Paediatric First Aid

We offer a 12 hour Nationally recognised paediatric first aid course, this is a fantastic course that provides key life skills and knowledge, It lasts for 3 years and is also a fantastic qualification to have on your CV. The course offers an introduction to first aid covering numerous areas including CPR, bandages and head injuries to name a few. The course also includes a one hour Epi Pen training session. This informative and interesting course takes place over two days. By undertaking this course you have the option of earning extra money by working the Early & Late clubs, which operate from 8am until 6pm at the beginning end of the day.

Course Dates & Venues

  • Tuesday 13th - Wednesday 14th February 2018 (Huntingdon)
  • Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th March 2018 (St Albans)
  • Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th March 2018 (Upminster) 
  • Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th March 2018 (Woking)
  • Tuesday 29th - Wednesday 30th May (Huntingdon)
  • Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July 2018 (Chelmsford)
  • Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July 2018 (Egham)
  • Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th July 2018 (St Albans)
  • Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th July 2018 (Tonbridge)
  • Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th July 2018 (Upminster)

Course Length: 2 days

Inflatable Training

The inflatables course gives you the opportunity to be involved in operating the inflatable equipment when it visits your camp, as well as looking after the bouncy castles that are permanently based at camp. You will learn how to set up and lead fun safe sessions on pieces of equipment such as the rodeo bull, bungee run, demolition ball and assault courses to name a few! When these pieces of equipment arrive on camp they are always a favourite with the children, so if you are looking to learn some extra skills and be involved in leading some popular sessions, then this is the course for you. Inflatables training is a fun energetic one day course.

Course Dates & Venues

  • Saturday 24th March 2018 (Woking)
  • Sunday 25th March 2018 (Upminster)
  • Saturday 30th June 2018 (Egham) 
  • Sunday 8th July 2018 (St Albans)
  • Sunday 15th July 2018 (Upminster)

Course Length: 1 day (9am-5pm)

Water Park Training

The Water-Park course gives you the opportunity to be involved in setting up and operating the water park at your camp. We provide water-parks to camps that don’t have pools, these camps are, Ashford, Cambridge, Egham, Hayes, Maidstone, Romford, Streatham & Clapham, Tonbridge, Watford, Welwyn, Wokingham and Woodford. The water-park is always a favourite with the children, so if you are looking to learn some extra skills and be involved in leading some popular sessions, then this is the course for you. Water-park training is a fun energetic two hour course.

Course Dates & Venues:

  • Saturday 30th June 2018 (Egham) 
  • Sunday 15th July 2018 (Upminster)

Course Length: 2 hours

Lifeguard Competency Assessment

Ahead of each season, all Lifeguards need to demonstrate competency around physical fitness levels and current CPR knowledge through a Competency Assessment. The first hour will refresh knowledge in CPR & First Aid, Risk Assessment & Hazard Awareness and Emergency Scenarios*.

Led by a trained assessor, this will be signed off and can be used as a minimum of up to 1.5 hours of your required ongoing lifeguard professional development, to maintain your qualification. You will be paid for your time to attend the assessment.

*If you can provide evidence that you have attended lifeguard professional development within 6 weeks of starting with Barracudas you may not have to attend the first hour of the assessment. Similarly, with this evidence you may only need to attend the assessment annually.

Course Dates & Venues:

  • Sunday 25th March 2018 (Bedford 1.30pm - 5.30pm)
  • Saturday 31st March 2018 (Twickenham 10am - 2pm)
  • Saturday 31st March 2018 (Upminster 10am - 2pm)
  • Saturday 31st March 2018 (Croydon 9.30am - 1.30pm)
  • Saturday 14th July 2018 (Cobham 10:30am - 2:30pm) 
  • Saturday 14th July 2018 (Hutton 10am - 2pm) 
  • Saturday 21st July 2018 (Twickenham 10am - 2pm) 
  • Saturday 21st July 2018 (Upminster 10am - 2pm) 
  • Saturday 21st July 2018 (Croydon 9am - 1pm)
  • Saturday 21st July 2018 (Bedford 9am - 1pm)

Course Length: 4 hours

How to reserve your place on a Training course

If your application is successful...

If your application is successful and you are issued a contract you will be able to register your interest for one of the above training courses via an online form which will appear in the staff room. To have the best opportunity of securing a place on one of our fantastic courses, we recommend filling in this form at the point of signing your contract! Providing there is space, we will book & confirm your place in an email along with all relevant course information a couple of weeks ahead of the course start date. If the courses you have selected are fully booked a recruiter will be in contact with you to discuss alternative dates and courses. If you are offered either a Multi Activity or Fencing Instructor role it is compulsory to attend the relevant training course and you will be guaranteed a place. All courses are valid for three years, if you are a returning staff member you may need to renew your qualifications with us.

Assessment Days

Dates and Locations

It is compulsory for all new general/specialist staff who are issued conditional employment offers to attend an Assessment Day. The day is made up of practical and theory based workshops that will allow you to showcase your skills. This will also give us the opportunity to assess your suitability for your contracted role. The timings for the morning session will be from 9.15am – 12.30pm and the afternoon session will run from 1.15pm - 4.30pm (some locations may be 11.00am - 2.15pm which is shown below). The day will be a great opportunity for you to meet potential future colleagues and find out more information about the company before your employment starts.

Our Assessment Days are on the following:

Pre Easter

  • Saturday 24th February (St Albans)
  • Saturday 10th March (Hayes)
  • Saturday 10th March (Cobham)
  • Saturday 17th March (Chigwell)

Pre summer

  • Saturday 12th May (Hertfordshire University)
  • Sunday 13th May (Croydon)
  • Saturday 9th June (Brighton)
  • Sunday 10th June (Maidstone) *11.00am start
  • Saturday 16th June (Bedford)
  • Saturday 16th June (Cobham)
  • Saturday 30th June (Upminster)
  • Saturday 30th June (Norwich) *11.00am start
  • Saturday 7th July (Hayes)
  • Saturday 7th July (Welwyn)

Senior Selection Days

Dates and Locations

You will be taking part in a variety of challenges and practical tasks that will enable you to show off your skillset and give us the opportunity to assess your suitability for a senior position. The timings for the day will normally run from 9.30am - 3.30pm and there will be refreshments provided throughout the whole day including breakfast and lunch.

Our Senior Selection Days are on the following:

  • Pre Easter: 17th Feb 2018 (Upminster)
  • Pre summer: 12th May 2018 (Upminster)

Compulsory Training

Senior Training

For all new senior staff members it is compulsory to attend one day of initial senior training that covers our standard procedures ahead of your first season in a senior position. Once you have worked a full season all returning seniors must attend annual compulsory training for reviews, updates and site-specific information.

Our Senior training days are on the following:

Pre Easter

  • Saturday 10th March (Upminster)

Pre summer

  • Saturday 23rd June (Upminster)
  • Saturday 30th June (Cobham)

Online Training

Our Online training programme is tailored to your role and will allow you to learn about our Barracudas policies and procedures ahead of your induction training day at camp. All staff must complete the online test; you will be emailed a few weeks before the start of the season to allow you time to complete it.

Induction Training

Induction training is compulsory for all staff to attend which usually takes place within a 7 day period before your camp is due to open. The day will prepare you for camp life and give you an idea of what to expect during your time on camp from registration to learning about the sessions you can lead with your groups; it is also a great opportunity to meet your team prior to your first day!