We are supporting Drowning Prevention Week 2017

At 4 Leisure Recruitment, we are acutely aware of the importance of drowning prevention work – the demand for qualified lifeguards is growing year on year with peak demand happening around spring and early summer. This year has been no different, and it’s clear to us that more and more lifeguards will be needed in the future as the popularity of swimming, particularly of the outdoor variety, booms.

Drowning Prevention Week is a national annual campaign which aims to raise awareness of water safety. It has been set up by Royal Life Saving Society UK and runs from the 16th to the 26th of June 2017. The campaign aims to reduce death and injury by drowning by spreading awareness of water safety issues.

Click here to learn more about Drowning Prevention Week

Did you know – around 400 people drown every year in the UK?  This is more than from road cycling accidents.

Drowning Prevention Week

The UK Drowning Prevention Strategy

The UK Drowning Prevention Strategy 2016 – 2026 has been developed in collaboration with members of the National Water Safety Forum strategy working group, with the aim of reducing accidental death through drowning by 50% by 2026 in the UK.

You can download the report here – file:///C:/Users/User/Downloads/uk-drowning-prevention-strategy.pdf

So how can accidental drownings be prevented?

First of all, it’s good to see that few recommendations from the report suggest an overhaul of the current lifeguarding system in the UK, either outdoor or indoor. Creating a safe environment for leisure swimmers to swim is essential and lifeguards play a key role in this, but the incidence of drowning in supervised pools is relatively low. Many of the recommended safety measures such as barriers to keep young children from entering water are already in place at managed pools. Lifeguards and pool managers have done great work in reducing the number of drownings amongst leisure swimmers, and continue to do so.

2-in-3 accidental drownings occur in inland open water, such as in rivers, reservoirs, and quarries. In some of these cases, the victim intended to enter the water such as to take part in risky watersports. However, many of these were to people who had no intention of entering the water, and this is where more awareness work needs to be done.

There are groups which are more vulnerable to drowning than others, and groups which have a higher incidence of death from drowning.

  • Males account for around 80% of drownings in the UK. Males are significantly more likely to die by drowning than females in every age category except from those aged 90 and over.
  • While young children are vulnerable to drowning because of immature swimming skills, the age group most likely to die from drowning are those aged 20 to 29, again particularly males.

The UK Drowning Prevention Strategy recommends

  • Every child should have the opportunity to learn to swim and receive water safety education at primary school and where required at Key Stage 3
  • Every community with water risks should have a community-level risk assessment and water safety plan
  • To better understand water-related self-harm
  • Increase awareness of everyday risks in, on and around water
  • All recreational activity organisations should have a clear strategic risk assessment and plans that address key risks.

UK Lifeguards

The lifeguards out there are, on the whole, doing an amazing job of keeping leisure water users safe. Considering the huge numbers of people who swim for leisure, and take part in activities such as surfing, the relatively low casualty rate is reassuring.

More work needs to be done to manage safety around open, unsupervised water, and to educate specific groups about potential dangers in the everyday environment around them. Raising awareness among teenage and 20-something males about the dangers of consuming alcohol and walking home close to open water for example, would be a good use of resources. If you are in this age group, or know someone who is, then use Drowning Prevention Week to educate yourself on the dangers.

You can follow and support Drowning Prevention Week on social media using #DPW #STOPDROWNING

RLSS UK have some great advice for keeping safe at home, at the pool, and on the beach at http://www.rlss.org.uk/water-safety/water-safety/

Drowning Prevention Week

Already a lifeguard? 4Leisure would love to hear from you! – Full and part time hours available – speak To Latoya Bailey on 01895 450640 or email Latoya@4leisurerecruitment.co.uk 

A new leisure job 4 a change of scenery?

Are you getting fed up of the same old views day in and day out? If the thought of going in to work is starting to fill you with dread, and you don’t really know why, it could be that what you need is a good old change of scenery.

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You may not hate the work, you may love your colleagues, but looking at the same old four walls, seemingly endless pool, or gym week-in and week-out may be taking its toll on your mental wellbeing. They say a change is as good as a rest, and certainly we see many candidates who aren’t unhappy in their jobs but just need a change.

At 4Leisure Recruitment, we work with gyms, pools, beauty salons and spas, and leisure resorts around the UK. Some of these are in the most amazing locations. We have placed beauty therapists in beachside hotel spas, lifeguards in the most wonderful open swimming locations, and gym staff in beautiful luxury health clubs and private facilities.

Giving your staff a change of scenery

What can you do to give your staff a break from the same old views? As is the case in many jobs, not just those in the leisure industry, you can’t simply change the location of where staff can work effectively. For example, it would be hard to take a lifeguard from the poolside just to give them a bit of visual variety.

There are things you can do, such as rotating staff through all the different areas of your centre. This will also allow them to develop different skills, and keep things interesting in other ways as well as visual. You can provide the odd day away from ‘the office’ such as a team-building excursion, or a visit to other leisure facilities for fact-finding and inspiration.

Where leisure staff are able to work from home occasionally, then enabling this will not only stop the ennui of the office environment but also cut down the time they waste commuting and add positively to their work-life balance efforts.

Investing in your club décor is also a great idea. Not only will this provide a much nicer working environment for your staff, but could also help customer retention and attraction too. No-one wants to work or play somewhere that looks neglected. Actively seek the input from the people who will be there day in and day out when you’re planning a refurbishment programme, or just giving a wall a lick of paint.

While it takes more than some snazzy wallpaper and some new lighting to retain staff who really are determined to make the move, just some small changes could keep someone with you for a little longer, reducing costly and time-consuming recruitment programmes.

Are you looking for a change of scenery?

If you’re a leisure professional getting a case of the Mondays every day, then you need to speak to us.
A change of scenery could be all you need to get the spring back in your step.

Before they were famous….lifeguard jobs

With the revelation that MP Charlotte Leslie once worked as a lifeguard, we have been taking a look at other famous people who boast a lifeguard job on their CV. We always maintain that being a lifeguard is not only most certainly not a dead-end job but can in fact,lead on to greater things. If nothing else, lifeguard jobs are a pretty cool way to spend your summer, as these now famous people can confirm!

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Lifeguard to superstar!

Charlotte Leslie

The MP for Bristol North West, and still only a spritely 35 years old, used to work patrolling the beaches of Cornwall during her university years. She credits her time as a lifeguard with teaching her invaluable skills she uses in parliament. Rescuing less capable people from getting in over their heads is one skill no doubt!

Ronald Reagan

I imagine his CV could have read “lifeguard, Hollywood Actor, elected leader of the free world.” As if making the leap from being a lifeguard in Illinois during the 1920s to famous actor is beyond most people’s imaginations, he then went on to be US president in the 1980s being a respected ally of Margaret Thatcher. Ronald died in 2004 leaving behind a legacy of political achievement, numerous film accolades, and the gratitude of 77 people saved by his lifeguarding prowess.

Sean Connery

Scotland’s sexiest octogenarian and many people’s favourite James Bond has worked a plethora of jobs over the years, including being a lifeguard at Portobello pool near Edinburgh. He was also into bodybuilding and football, getting into acting during stage performances in the 1950s. If he had to play an ageing lifeguard now, he probably could – he’s certainly got the experience. He’d just do it all in the same familiar Scottish accent.

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons used to be a lifeguard at a high-class hotel in his youth, before he went on to wreak havoc as part of US rock group KISS. He allegedly went on to save bandmate Ace Frehley from drowning on two separate occasions when the rock and roll lifestyle got the better of him. See, all that training came in useful somewhere!

Vince Vaughn

Actor Vince Vaughn was a lifeguard and aspiring water polo athlete in his youth but a car accident at the age of 17 scuppered his sporting ambitions. Vince broke into acting pretty quickly and now has films such as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and the sporting-comedy Dodgeball on his CV. Bet he’s glad he didn’t pursue the water polo thing now.

Do you know any more famous people who started out as lifeguards?

The joy of summer jobs

 

Summer jobs

Summer jobs are a fab way of gaining experience and earning that all-important money to get you through the rest of the year. Summer jobs are popular with university students who can work full-time during the summer break, but you don’t have to be a student to do a summer job. You could do extra work during the summer on top of your regular day job, or swap and change between jobs depending on the season, doing outdoor leisure jobs through the summer, and going back to an office job in the autumn.

Summer jobs are often fairly flexible. They may not be the best paid of jobs but you can often choose your own shifts, working around your other commitments. You could also just throw yourself into the job full-time, getting the money and experience while you have nothing much else going on in your life.

There are a whole host of temp summer jobs, both full-time and part-time to do. Some are more popular than others and fill up quickly, so get out there ASAP. Popular choices include going abroad to work at a summer camp. These are usually poorly paid but provide a wealth of experience and the opportunity to travel, and to spend your summer somewhere a bit sunnier.

We’re a big fan of summer jobs here at 4Leisure Recruitment. In the leisure industry, there’s a fair few jobs which are seasonal, and are a brilliant way of gaining experience and getting your foot on the leisure career ladder.

Over the years, our own staff have done an array of seasonal, part-time jobs. Some are leisure related, and some not so much, however all the jobs we have done have helped us along on our career path, and we would not be who or where we are today if we hadn’t done them. Summer jobs can be a fantastic way of learning more about yourself and what you enjoy doing.

I asked around the office to see what jobs we have done and this is what came back.

“When I left school, I started making hand-made cards and sold them”

“When I was under 16 and unable to get a part-time job, I helped out at my Grandma’s florists”

“I sold men’s suits in a shop in Leeds” 

 “I coached kids multi-sports”

 “I delivered bakery products”

 “I ran a cocktail bar”

 “I instructed people how to drive minibuses”

 We all agree that the jobs we did, no matter how unglamorous they may seem, make us who we are today and have helped us to find out more about ourselves – whether this was finding out that we really love working with kids, or never want to smell freshly baked bread ever again.

If you are looking for a summer job in the leisure industry, please get in touch with us today.

How to……lifeguard jobs

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We have a good selection of lifeguard jobs on our site at the moment. Whether you want to work in a municipal indoor pool, a retro lido, or one of the UK’s many beaches, with the summer season just around the corner, employers of all kinds are looking for lifeguards.

Being a lifeguard may sound a bit mundane but it’s actually a very good entry level role for the leisure industry, and equips you with essential skills in health & safety, customer service, and first aid. Lifeguard jobs are a great way of gaining front-line leisure experience and can be a foot-in-the-door for better-paid roles. Many high level leisure managers started their careers as lifeguards.

Lifeguard jobs are highly flexible. You can usually do as few or as many shifts as you want, and hours are often available from early morning to late night seven days a week. You can work as a lifeguard to earn money while studying, or as an extra income around another job.

Becoming a lifeguard is relatively easy. If you have a good level of fitness, can swim, and have a good attitude, then getting qualified is quite straightforward.

Here’s how to do it….

The internationally-recognised NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) or its beach equivalent the NBLQ is essential. Course fees are typically up to £250 but many course providers are fully funded subject to your circumstances, so ask around about funding eligibility before you commit to paying for a course.

The training involves classroom theory work, practical pool rescue skills, first aid, CPR, and life-saving skills. You undertake at least 36 hours of training. To start training you must be able to fulfil certain criteria. These are…

  • Minimum age of 16
  • You must be able to….

o   … get in and out of the pool without using the pool ladder
o   ….swim 50m in less than 60 seconds
o   ….swim 100m continuously
o   ….tread water for 30 seconds
o   ….jump/dive into deep water
o   …surface dive to the floor of the pool

The NPLQ/NBLQ is valid for two years, during which you must complete a further 20 hours training, and then renew. You can find more about completing the course at the website of the RLSS

To find a job as a lifeguard you can…..

Search specialist recruitment websites such as 4LeisureRecruitment and register for email alerts of suitable jobs.

Look at websites and newsletters of the following types of companies likely to need poolside staff…

  • Holiday parks, both in the UK and abroad
  • Private leisure facilities and gym chains
  • Your local council for its public leisure facilities and beaches
  • Your local RNLI who look after many of the UKs beaches
  • Hotels with private pools
  • Day spas
  • Water parks

Always have your CV ready to send off quickly. If you need help building a CV, please check out our website – CV advice and tips

Let any lifeguard friends know you are looking just in case a job becomes available at their workplace.

Becoming a lifeguard is fairly straightforward and can give you access to a range of fun and flexible jobs which help you to build experience and knowledge which can springboard you up the leisure career ladder.

Good luck!

Why would you not want to be an open-air lifeguard with places like these?

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Whether you prefer the retro-chic of a lido, or are happy to risk it in less-glamorous open-water, outdoor swimming is undergoing a real renaissance. Many old lidos are being put back into service, and facilities created around popular open-water swimming spots to encourage more people to swim.

We currently have lifeguard jobs in many parts of the UK, especially for Rutland Water where we need lifeguards to work on the brand new lake beach facility from June to September. If you fancy a summer job with a difference and want to be play a part in the success of the new facility, then please visit our website to learn more – Lifeguard jobs in Rutland

Here’s a few places where you can swim in the lovely British sunshine!

The Helix in Falkirk, Scotland – A brand new lagoon has been opened at The Helix in Falkirk. It looks absolutely beautiful and is sure to be as bracing as Scotland itself.

Courtesy of www.allmediascotland.com

Heron Lake, Middlesex – Heron Lake is one of the largest outdoor swimming lakes in England and is in easy reach of the M25. The lake is open to swimmers of all abilities and sessions start at just £5 but has limited times available so please check out their website.

Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool, Oxfordshire – Open from May to September, Abbey Meadows is open seven days a week and works on a session basis. The pools are suitable for children and lessons are available. The sessions are surprisingly cheap.

Askham Outdoor Pool, The Lake District – Due to open sometime in June, the two pools at Askham will be open in afternoons through the summer holiday season. Surrounded by the lush green that the Lake District is famed for, this is bound to be a lovely place to take a dip.

The Serpentine Lido, London – One of the most famous park lakes in the world has its own cordoned-off swimming section with beach. Open daily throughout the summer, with a terrace and a children’s play area, this is the perfect way to cool down on a hot London day.

Tooting Bec Lido, London – Possibly the most famous open air lido of them all, Tooting Bec Lido has been operating since 1906, and has been used as a film set, and a competition venue, as well as a public pool.

Ilkley Lido, Yorkshire – For those hardier Yorkshire folk, the lido at Ilkley has been providing outdoor swimming since 1935. It is also an unusual and interesting mushroom shape.

Have you been outdoor swimming? What are your favourite venues?

Qualified lifeguard? We need you!

4Leisure Recruitment is on the hunt for lifeguards for a brand new beach swimming facility at an established country park in Rutland.

Set in 4200 acres of open countryside, Rutland Water Park is the central rural attraction in England’s smallest county of Rutland and offers activities for all the family. For the first time, they are now offering swimming as part of the visitor experience this summer.

4Leisure have been selected as the recruitment partner to provide staff for this exciting new project. We are looking for qualified Lifeguards and Team Leaders (NPLQ or NBLQ) who will ensure that all visitors have an enjoyable and safe experience using the beach.

This is a great opportunity to work outdoors (hopefully in the sunshine!) and play a pivotal role in making the first swimming season a success. You will be required to carry out the following duties:

 – Ensuring the safety of both swimmers and non-swimmers in and around beach

– Helping to ensure all facilities are kept clean and tidy

– Dealing with any emergency situations

– Alerting swimmers of potential hazards

– Ensure health & safety procedures are adhered to

– Remaining vigilant at all times

Team Leaders will be required to supervise Lifeguards, ensure rotations are made and be the first point of contact for visitors and Lifeguards with queries or issues.

We are looking for reliable and punctual people who work well as part of a team. You will be required to attend two hours of training each month to keep your qualification up to date.

You will be required to work between the hours of 10:00 – 18:00 on a rota basis to include weekends. £7.30-9.00ph + bonus

This is a seasonal position starting in June and you will be required to work until early September.

For the opportunity to work in beautiful surroundings and outdoors in the summer, please apply today. email info@4leisurerecruitment.co.uk or call 01895 450640

How to get a job in the leisure industry

Leisure jobsGetting a job, any job these days can be a struggle. If you’re looking at getting your first job, it can seem overwhelming. Getting a job in the leisure industry is actually not that different to getting a job in another industry. You go through common application and selection procedures. There’s no secret to it, but the trick is where to look and who to butter up!

If you’re looking for a job in the leisure industry, here’s some advice from us

  • Sign up to recruitment websites. Use Twitter and Google to find suitable recruitment websites and sign up to email alerts, and follow them on social media. *hint hint* >> you can sign up to our email alerts here. With smartphone technology available, there’s no excuse for not at least knowing about the latest vacancies. Local authority job sites are also a good source of leisure jobs. A large proportion of leisure centres are owned by local authorities and you’ll need to go through the official source for a number of their vacancies.
  • If there’s somewhere specific you’d like to work, then send your CV to them and enquire about the possibility of a job in the future. For advice on creating your CV, please use our free CV builder.
  • Lack of experience is something that may be holding you back. Summer jobs and part-time weekend jobs are ideal for building up experience. Being a lifeguard is a good entry-level role, so look for lifeguard jobs if you fancy it. Don’t be afraid to take a job outside of the leisure industry. Some work experience in an unrelated or partly-related industry is better than none.
  • Volunteering is a good way of building up experience and contacts. Coaching a youth sports team, or helping out at a play-scheme shows employers that you are passionate about leisure and gives you something impressive to put on your CV.
  • Use your current contacts. Speak to your team coach about your desire to work in leisure. Maybe they’ll know someone who can help you out, or point you in the right direction. They might even be able to let you help them run things to gain some valuable first-hand experience.
  • Get qualified – Find out what qualifications current leisure industry staff hold and get them yourself. The NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) is essential for working as a lifeguard, and a first aid certificate is handy too. If you want to work in fitness training a qualification such as an NVQ Diploma in Instructing Health & Fitness is desirable, although take care because some qualifications need you to be in a job first so that assessments can be carried out. Speak to your careers adviser if you’re not sure.
  • Be aware you will probably have to undergo a DBS check for a lot of leisure jobs, especially those which work directly with members of the public. For more information, please check out this website.
  • Once you’ve managed to bag yourself an interview, get active! The interview is probably the most crucial part of the recruitment process. Mess it up at your peril. Read our interview tips to help you get that much-wanted leisure industry job.

Good luck!