Looking for a lifeguard Job? Meet our lifeguard recruitment team.

It is the time of the year when the days start to get that little bit longer, and our thoughts turn optimistically to some fun in the sun. With the nicer weather comes an increase in demand for outdoor lifeguards and lido lifeguards on top of the usual demand for indoor pool lifeguards. If you are looking for a lifeguard job or run a facility that is in need of more pool-side staff then you need to act quick before all the good ones are taken!

Being the helpful sort that we are, we’re here to introduce you to our lifeguard jobs team as we know it’s nice to know who you will be dealing with once you send that email or pick up that phone.

We are pleased to introduce the talent in charge of the lifeguard jobs sector of 4Leisure Recruitment. Amy Gilmour and LaToya Bailey are here to tell us a little more about who they are and how they came to be involved in leisure recruitment, in particular looking after our lifeguard jobs.

Amy Gilmour lifeguard recruiter

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Amy and I am the Health and Fitness recruitment manager for temporary leisure staff. I am passionate about delivering a result for both clients and candidates.

How did you get started as a leisure recruiter?

I actually started my own career as a temporary worker for 4Leisure Recruitment to help pay my way through university! I worked my way up to Regional Sales Manager in the public sector, and have made the move to 4 Leisure Recruitment. I know how things work because I’ve been there and done that. I know we are the right people to nurture candidates because I have seen it done and have been a part of it first-hand.

What knowledge do you bring to the role?

My qualifications include MSc Sports Science, Level 3 PT, Level 2 Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor, and Circuits Instructor. I was also a qualified lifeguard for six years. I know leisure and lifeguard jobs pretty well!

What’s the best thing about being a lifeguard recruiter?

The thing I like best about being a leisure recruiter is that I feel we provide a real support for our clients and often it’s great to see how what we do relieves operational pressure for them and their day to day business. It’s always great to speak to candidates and there is such a huge range from every level. I love being able to watch them securing their role and then watching as they progress their way up. It’s very rewarding.

LaToya Bailey lifeguard recruiter

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m LaToya and I am a Recruitment Consultant on the Health and Fitness temp team for 4 Leisure Recruitment.

How did you end up in leisure recruiting?

I came to 4Leisure after working as a membership consultant for David Lloyd. I really wanted to stay in the leisure industry and thought recruitment would be an exciting change, and I was right! Working here is such a fast paced environment, things change on a daily basis and everything moves so quickly, it’s great to be a part of something that is so energetic and responsive.

What experience do you have of working on the front line in the leisure industry?

I have always been involved in the leisure industry. After university I worked as a sports coach in primary school, teaching gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, multi-sports and Zumba! Leisure is in my blood and I very much look forward to keeping it that way.

What knowledge do you bring to the role?

Apart from a BA in Dance, I also hold qualifications in teaching Zumba, cheerleading, gymnastics, basketball, and dodgeball.

Thank you, ladies!

There we are a quick peek into the world of our 4Leisure family and the team who organise everything to do with our Lifeguard jobs, both indoor and outdoor, pool or beach.

If our lifeguard jobs team can help you find your ideal lifeguarding team, or find a lifeguarding job for the season and beyond, please do get in touch with us on 01895 450640 and ask to speak to Amy or LaToya

You can email them on latoya@4leisurerecruitment.co.uk or amy@4leisurerecruitment.co.uk

For the love of lidos

We’ve talked previously about the renaissance being enjoyed by open air swimming and lidos, and it seems our love of outdoor swimming has continued to blossom. Read more at the renaissance of outdoor swimming

Lifeguards for lidos and outdoor pools

The Cold Water Swimming Championships 2017

The Cold Water Swimming Championships 2017 held this month tells us that there are enough of us around who like to jump into an outdoor pool that is advertising a pool temperature of 1.5 degrees. For those who partake in these events they can apparently make a person feel so very alive (if suffering from a touch of numbness in the extremities at the same time).

You can learn more about the championships at https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-swimming-blog/2017/jan/30/making-a-splash-cold-water-swimming

Lidos and outdoor swimming

The love affair with outdoor swimming has taken a strong root in the local community in many areas around the country. The venue that hosted the championships is one that is supported by The South London Swimming Club who work closely with the local authorities to ensure the pool remains a valuable resource for the local community. Tooting Bec Lido is the largest fresh water pool in England and the swimming club works hard to ensure it will remain open for future generations.

Another community that saw the importance of an outdoor pool is in Cornwall. The Jubilee Pool  which had been open since 1935 fell into such a state of disrepair that by 1992 when a proposal to cover the pool was announced it inspired the local community to save it. A local architect collaborated with other supporters to get the pool listed status, they then sought grants to contribute to restoring the pool.  After many years of fundraising and repairs the pool was opened last summer by H.R.H. Prince Charles and has been much used and loved by the local community.

Jubilee Pool

© Jubilee Pool

In Yorkshire the Friends of Ilkley Lido campaign to keep their local lido in the spotlight and continue to raise funding towards the upkeep of the pool.

Ilkley Lido

© Ilkley Lido

So what is it about these outdoor lidos/pool that continue to inspire the passions of the local people around them? Is it the opportunity to mix with and speak to people? Is it in this increasingly technical age that sometimes it is simply lovely to spend some leisure time with friends and family outside and in a pool? Whatever the reason, a big thank you is due to all those who had the passion and drive to save our lidos for us and for future generations.

Do you want to work at a lido?

Want to work at a lido? If you hold a current NPLQ, or can take the qualification soon, then please do get in touch with us on info@4LeisureRecruitment.co.uk or call 01895 450640

Do you need lifeguards for your lido?

We asked Latoya and Amy (our team responsible for staffing lidos and pools) about their experiences with outdoor pools they said:

No matter the weather, we’re always surprised by how busy they are. The demand for qualified lifeguards in the build up to the Lido season is astronomical and we’re already speaking to businesses about resourcing for their sites. Preparation is key!

If we could give any advice to people running outdoor lidos, it would be “don’t wait until you’ve run out of lifeguards before you look at contingency plans!” All too often, we’ll get calls mid-season from lidos desperately needing lifeguards and sometimes it’s too late! The rate at which lifeguards are qualifying and registering for work is well below the demand and although we wish we could, we can’t create people!

If you call us before March, we’ll guarantee you’ll be in a better position in July!

It’s 01895 450640 – please ask for Latoya or Amy

How to……lifeguard jobs

lifeguard jobs

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!