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Category Archives: Jobseeker Info

When you need a cover letter, and how to write one!

Have you heard that the cover letter is no longer required when applying for jobs? Well, it’s true. But it isn’t. Whilst use of cover letters seems to be on the wane, they are still valuable in some circumstances, and we’re not sounding the death knell for them just yet.

Despite the rise of digital communication, a CV and cover letter are still the main way to get yourself an interview. The cover letter may now be in the form of an email, rather than on a piece of paper in the post, but it’s still important; sending a CV without any context at all is selling yourself short, especially if you have skills and experience which aren’t covered by your CV.

Here’s why, despite the cover letter doom-mongers, cover letters still have their place in the 21st century.

Do I need to write a cover letter

Cover letters give you a chance to explain gaps

Your cover letter provides one of the only ways to address gaps in your CV which may put off potential recruiters. The difference between getting into that interview room could be that you have provided a reason for your gap in work history. Employers trying find reasons to cut the number of candidates down may use your work history gap as an excuse. A cover letter lets you address this directly, and overcome this obstacle.

Have a look at: https://www.fastcompany.com/40516635/how-to-talk-about-the-gap-in-your-work-history

Cover letters allow you to provide context to your CV

When you move into different work fields, the skills you believe are relevant and help you stand out amongst the crowd might not be so obvious to an employer who hasn’t met you and is onto their 50th application. Your cover letter should explain why you want the job you’re applying for, and how your CV shows you’re the perfect candidate and a good cultural fit for the company. Connect the dots for your potential employer as they might not have the time or energy to do so themselves.

Have a look at https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawngraham/2018/02/06/ready-set-switch-make-your-resume-and-cover-letter-stand-out/#235c68e55ebf

As the article points out, cover letters are often read after the CV – once someone is interested they want to learn more.  If you treat your cover letter as an afterthought, it’ll read that way to the person you want to hire you. Make sure your cover letter explains why you want to have this job and remember that it’s your one chance to do this; don’t do yourself a poor job by letting spelling mistakes go unnoticed. Employers will want to know you put the effort into your cover letter, and one of the easiest ways to spot you didn’t is to pick up on a spelling error.

Make sure you craft a different cover letter for every job you apply for. You may not need to adapt your CV too much each time, but you should your cover letter. You need to show you’ve read the job advertisement and that you have the skills and experience required, or why you don’t!

Need to know more? See: http://uk.businessinsider.com/biggest-cover-letter-mistakes-2015-3

Cover letters allow you to show your personality

A CV is great at giving employers your educational and professional headlines but they don’t provide much scope for personality. While you can alter your qualifications and professional experience on your CV to an extent, you can and should change up your cover letter to suit each job you’re applying for, and you get to inject some personality too. CVs can be terribly dull – cover letters don’t need to be!

Cover letters make the employer’s job easier

The employer doesn’t want to read every word of every CV they get. Grab their attention in the first paragraph of your cover letter and their job is easier, and you’re more likely to get on to the shortlist.

Recruiters and employers are not psychic, and a cover letter can tell them the who/what/why/when very quickly and painlessly. Don’t make your employer’s life difficult before you’ve even started work for them.

Our verdict – while we don’t necessarily need to see a cover letter for every job we recruit for, it can often be a good thing, as long as it’s not a copy and paste job – and yes, we can spot these a mile off. If you feel you need to provide one to explain the finer points, then please do. But if you don’t, then don’t!

If you need help writing a CV, check out our CV clinic 

Writing a CV and a cover letter for a leisure job

How to turn your passion for beauty into a successful career

This is a guest post brought to you by NCC Home Learning.

Career in beauty therapy

Do you have a passion for beauty? Think that you could turn this passion into something that you can actually make money from? There are plenty of people out there who have done exactly this. Realised that they have a passion for all things beauty and then take the next step towards turning that into a career.

But where do you start? To help you on your way, we have put together our guide on how to turn your passion for beauty into a successful career.

 

Learn the basics

Whilst you may have some knowledge of beauty and a flair for being creative, you might not have the technical skill, expertise and knowledge that you need to get a business off of the ground. This means that you are going to need to study in order to improve those skills. A great place to start is with beauty therapy courses online with NCC Home Learning. These help you to gain all the knowledge that you need in order to start up your business and because they are online, you can study at your own pace.

Find your niche

The beauty industry is a crowded one and there is a lot of people out there that are going to be offering the same sort of thing. This makes sure that you are going to need to find yourself a niche. Is there a particular style or look that you are particularly good at doing? If you are, then embrace this and offer it as a specialism. That way people will know where to go when they want that look.

Learn about other aspects of business

Of course, you are going to need to make sure that you have the beauty related knowledge in order to be a success, but that isn’t the only thing that you need to learn. You should always take the time to learn about some of the other aspects of running a business. Marketing, social media, employing people, managing finances, even customer services. All of these skills are part and parcel of running a business, no matter the industry, and these are something that you are going to need to get on board with.

 Start your own beauty business

Be prepared to work hard

It isn’t easy to set up any kind of business, however, when it comes to working in the beauty industry you may find it even harder. The work is physical and sometimes you are going to have to work long hours and really try your hardest to win clients, particularly during the early years. This means that you are going to need to be prepared to work hard, a simple way to do this is to remind yourself that all the hard work is going to be worth it in the end.

Always keep your eye on the industry

The beauty industry is always changing and growing, which means in order to get ahead, you are actually going to have to get ahead. Learn what new things are up and coming, what products are the next big thing. You also need to attend courses, training workshops and exhibitions as these will help you to understand more about the services and products that you are going to be offering in the future.

Be aware of money

Setting up a business isn’t easy, particularly when it comes to the finances. You are going to need to realise that you are not going to make a ton of money straight away and that sometimes it is going to be a while before you will see any profit.  You need to have some funding behind you in order to really make the most of your business opportunity. This means that you may have to apply to investors or perhaps save up before you embark on your next career adventure.

Believe in yourself

As we have said, it isn’t easy to set up a business and sometimes you are going to feel that future is looking pretty bleak. The important thing to do is always believe in yourself. After all, a little bit of confidence in what you can do and achieve in the long term is something all you need to actually get closer to those goals.

As you can see, it is possible to take your passion and turn into a viable business. However, you are going to need to really put the effort in to make that a success. Thankfully, if you are doing something that you really enjoy and feel passionate about, then you will be much more motivated to get exactly where you want to be.

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Client in Focus: The Massage Company

The Massage Company Camberley

4 Leisure Recruitment has been working with The Massage Company since before their launch in 2016. We have helped with recruiting the professional staff that The Massage Company need to fulfil their aim of helping more people to realise the benefits of massage. By changing people’s beliefs that massage should only be done as and when it is needed, they aim to improve their customers’ wellbeing through regular, routine treatments.

The Massage Company are bringing massage to the mainstream. From their location in Camberley, Surrey, their aim is to grow across the UK and open more and more branches, making their monthly subscription model available to more people.

Who are The Massage Company?

The Massage Company was started by Charlie Thompson and Elliot Walker back in 2016. Both have a solid background in the spa and leisure industry – Thompson’s previous roles include a stint as the head of Virgin Active’s 80 spas, while Walker previously launched, built and ran Murad Cosmetics. Both are committed to providing a professional and accessible massage service. The quality of staff is paramount – they have even developed their own certified training programme for their staff.

Their flagship location in Camberley is in a prime location, a stone’s throw from the train station. You can have a look around with Charlie Thompson on their 360 video

The Massage Company won the award for Best New Business of the Year 2016 in the Collectively Camberley Business Awards – see more at http://www.spa-life.co.uk/news/article/the-massage-company-scoops-new-business-award/

Work at The Massage Company

Jobs at The Massage Company

Here are the jobs we are currently helping The Massage Company to fill. If you’d like to have an informal, no-obligation discussion in confidence about any of these roles, please do get in touch with us at 4 Leisure Recruitment – it’s james@4LeisureRecruitment.co.uk or call us on 01895 450640

The Massage Company™ is looking for a great Membership Sales Supervisor to help lead our exciting, new massage concept at our flagship centre in Camberley.  With other sites opening soon, further career development is a real opportunity.

Learn more

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Batten down the hatches – the new year is coming!

New year leisure recruitment

We are fast approaching the end of the year and beginning of 2018. With that in mind in the world of leisure recruitment, our minds turn from staffing luxury fragrance counters for the madness of the festive period to preparing for the stampede of new members in gyms and fitness centres across the UK.

While shops and restaurants are taking a well-earned breather in the month after Christmas, gyms and health and fitness providers see a massive upturn in business. Starting new year’s resolutions and fighting to work off the thousands of extra calories consumed over the Christmas period sees an increased demand for health and fitness services. In the leisure industry, we call it ‘the Golden Quarter’, and as leisure professionals, we have witnessed it ourselves, year after year.

With rises in total membership and reports of the growth of the industry, fitness operators nationwide are bracing themselves. Temporary skilled recruits are vital at this time of year. Whether it be membership sales consultants or temporary personal trainers to help with the influx, here at 4 Leisure we have an experienced team on hand to fill those gaps.

Looking for a new leisure job?

Likewise, if one of your resolutions is to get a new leisure job then now would be a good time to try out a new role on a temporary basis. Temporary work not only gives the chance for a trial for both the employer and the employee, but it can give vital training and experience for those who are trying to break into the industry. Or it could simply be a good way of getting a few more paid hours in while you can.

Do you need extra staff for your leisure business?

If you are a leisure business and are currently planning for January then get in touch we have a dedicated team who can tailor a recruitment package specific to your needs.

Here are some of the challenges involved in managing members of your health club.

Research from Mintel has shown that spending on fitness remains strong, despite a credible threat from fitness technology. Member retention can be an issue, however, with some members citing unfriendly staff as a problem. It is imperative that the staff you hire are aware of the impact that they can personally have on your gym’s success.

Read this article for more information – http://www.healthclubmanagement.co.uk/health-club-management-features/Mintel-UK-Health-and-Fitness-Club-Report-2017/32014

Recent intervention into gym membership deals by the CMA has made it harder for gym operators to lock clients into long-term contracts. This is a good thing for the client and makes gym membership an easier option, however, it does mean that gym brands can no longer rely on long-term commitment from clients and it will be necessary to find other ways to keep clients happy and paying for longer. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gym-users-to-get-better-deal-in-2017

The idea that you can take advantage of someone’s good intentions in the new year and keep them paying for two years or longer has all but disappeared, and gyms are now having to work harder at client retention. The result should be happier clients whose needs are being met continuously and not just until they sign the membership contract.

That doesn’t mean that people will not be looking to join a gym after Christmas. However the government intervene in membership business models, people are still human and will be making all the right intentions to change their behaviour and health habits throughout January and into February.

If you need staff to plug a few holes and get those paying customers on board and happy for as long as possible, get in touch with our temporary division now.

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Photo by Martin Barák on Unsplash

Don’t get caught out by recruitment scams

A recent episode of Rip off Britain got us talking in the office about employment scams. The episode, in particular, involved a scam where a course was sold to a man who wanted to be qualified to take on a position on an off-shore oil rig.

The ‘sellers’ of the course – a ‘recruitment agency’ had in fact over charged by hundreds of pounds and then promptly disappeared by the end of it and were of no help in sourcing work for him.

You can watch the full episode at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09bctzl/rip-off-britain-2017-live-episode-8# 

Recruitment scams

Like ‘modelling job’ scams, where hopefuls are asked to pay out hundreds of pounds for a portfolio of photographs, only to never get a single modelling job, we recommend you stay away from any sort of job that asks for up-front payments. If these recruiters were sure you’d secure work with them, they’d be the ones paying for your portfolio or essential training.

Beware the ‘recruiters’ too which promise to refund your expenses once they’ve found you a job. What incentive do they have to find you work if it means not only would they need to pay you for the job but also refund your expenses? Think about not only what’s in for you, but also what’s in it for them before you start down a path with any recruiter.

These aren’t the only way in which a recruiter (fake or otherwise) can make money from you to your detriment.

Beware umbrella payment companies

A recent complication in the world of recruitment is the reform of the IR35 regulations. These reforms have seen an upsurge in Umbrella payment companies. There has been much concern in the media about what some of these companies actually do

http://www.recruiter.co.uk/news/2017/08/unite-urges-nhs-ban-umbrella-companies

Some firms were reported to be offering payment via contractor loan schemes and suggesting this would reduce taxable income. However, the government clearly explains how this method of payment can result in penalties, interest and additional taxes.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/contractor-tax-loan-schemes-can-cost-you-more

Umbrella payment companies are not illegal, and not immoral in themselves. However, we often find that people blindly trust an umbrella payment company without questioning some of the deductions they make. While pay rates for temporary staff may tend to be more attractive on the face of it, the take-home pay can often be less than they would expect, and even less than if they were on a PAYE scheme.

For information about off-payroll working rules, the government provides some guidance here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ir35-find-out-if-it-applies

Whilst some Umbrella companies are fully compliant with regulations, many charge workers for their payroll services.

How then is it possible to avoid some of the scammers that are out there in the world of recruitment, temporary work and umbrella companies?

  • Stick to well-known and respected well-established recruitment agencies.
  • If you use an Umbrella company ensure it is fully compliant and ASK what those deductions are on your payslip.
  • If you are offered a course with a job at the end of it, check the ‘recruitment’ company out; if someone offers you something that appears to be too good to be true, chances are it may well be.

There are also schemes called PAYE Umbrella which gives the impression that people are being paid PAYE but actually it’s just a version of an Umbrella scheme being sold under a different name.

Protect yourself by arming yourself with knowledge.

We are always available for help and guidance in your leisure job seeking. Your consultant can answer all your questions about your pay. Not sure if a company is reputable? Then stick with us!

 

 

 

What did you do for your work experience?

This week, we have been entertained by the wonderful Eddie, a young man who decided to do his two weeks’ work experience with the disarray that is Southern Rail. In a move that could be either madness or genius, 15-year old Eddie was tasked with manning their Twitter feed, and although it could have turned out pretty badly, the result was awesome, with Eddie and the obliging public creating a welcome break from all the complaints and attacks that Southern Rail has inevitably experienced.

You didn’t see it? Learn more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40580704

Southern Rail

© Southern Rail

His story has got us talking about how we spent our work experience weeks. Were they two weeks of valuable insight into the world of work? Or were we just glad to get out of school for a while?

We asked around the 4 Leisure Recruitment team to see if our work experience experiences were anywhere near as good as Eddie’s.

Martyn Senior spent 4 weeks in the Microbiology Department of Hope Children’s Hospital in the summer of ‘83.  He said “A rare heat wave in Manchester at a time before air-conditioning was common place, so working with children’s faecal samples wasn’t great for my health or appetite that summer! Spending prolonged periods on my own with little human contact (bar the samples) helped me to realise I should pursue a career where there was a constant buzz.”

Leisure recruitment certainly has a buzz and (generally) you’re dealing with something more fragrant!

Work experience in a lab

Jean Wing Hing did his work experience at the Pavilion Leisure Centre in Bromley shortly after it was built.

He says “I spent two hellish weeks on poolside in about 80 degrees shadowing a lifeguard and duty manager. I could barely swim at the time. Although this was in the early 90s! Some 20+ years later, I’m still in the leisure industry. Doing less poolside duties these days.”

Swimming jobs

James Proctor also did his work experience in the leisure industry, by spending “two weeks cleaning mirrors in a gym”. Still, it taught him a couple of valuable lessons he’s carried with him to the present day. “I learnt 1) never to work for that company again because they didn’t understand what the whole point of work experience was, and 2) I definitely never want to be a window cleaner!”

cleaning jobs

Work experience is certainly a good way of working out what you don’t want to do, as much as inspiring you to take up something you would never have considered.

Peter Brooks spent two weeks working at an accountancy firm. If nothing else “…it made me realise that not every role is a glamorous one – I understood the amount of work people go through behind the scenes and how that work can look (effectively quite mundane and repetitive in the world of accountancy) and whilst I have always been quite good with numbers I knew from then on I wasn’t suited to the life of an accountant, I would be bored stiff and needed something with a bit more uncertainty in the daily life. So it shaped my career in the sense it allowed me to rule out one potential avenue that I could have taken.”

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No-one from the team has yet beaten Lizi Turner’s experience. She says….

“We had to line up our own work experience in our own free time at my school, so I rang the Assistant Editor of ‘Mizz’ magazine to ask if I could shadow her and to my amazement, she agreed! First exposure to an office environment and this one had a young, creative and laid back vibe, which I was loving.  At 15 I was made to feel like one of the team; from opening reader letters and choosing the ones to publish, to assisting the fashion and makeup photo shoots.  Their sample room was like Aladdin’s cave and I was allowed to choose what I liked to take home but the best bit was appointing my little sister as a ‘make-over model’ for the next edition…. Great memories and published images of my sister in the magazine to bribe her with for the rest our lives! “

Work experience in beauty

Some good memories, and some not so good, but valuable all the same!

What did you do for your work experience?

Fitness jobs from 4Leisure Recruitment

Fitness jobs

Fitness has been a growing industry in the UK for a long time. Even with more and more people switching to budget gyms, the demand for fitness professionals has not waned. In fact, with the trend for better value activities such as group training, good fitness instructors are in increasing demand. Clients are looking for results and fast, and personal training is becoming the norm, rather than the preserve of the rich.  If you are looking for fitness jobs, then 4Leisure Recruitment are the recruitment people for you.

Here are a selection of the fitness jobs we have available right now.

Member Service Manager – Fitness professional required to improve customer experience and improve membership retention rates at a fitness club in the High Wycombe area. We are looking for someone with a fitness background and some experience in sales/customer service.  Salary of £18k – £20k plus bonus.

Personal Trainers – for a 24-hour gym in Hemel Hempstead. This is a role which works on a revenue share basis (60:40 in your favour). Experienced or newly-qualified PTs welcome, must be REPS3 or above. Good earning potential with flexibility.

Gym and Spa Supervisor – Kensington, London. Hands-on varied role overseeing the operations of a high end leisure facility. Must have Level 2 fitness qualifications, and previous supervisor experience. Additional qualifications in PT, massage therapy, or similar preferred but not essential. Permanent, full-time, £18k salary.

Fitness Instructor – part-time for private health club in London Docklands. REPS Level 2 minimum. Customer service duties included. Working on a rota basis, this is a permanent position offering £9.15 per hour.

Fitness and Wellbeing Instructor – on a part-time basis for private high-end apartments in South West London. Working in a private facility including a gym, pool, and sauna, there are opportunities for PT and massage therapy as well as the required inductions, and leading group exercise sessions. Permanent position, starting at £7 per hour. Fantastic fitness job with good development opportunities.

Lifeguard Duty Manager – a more challenging role for a NPLQ qualified lifeguard at a unique leisure facility in South East London. Permanent role, 35 hours a week for a good £16k – £18k per annum. Fantastic opportunity for someone to develop their experience and skills in the leisure sector. If you’re not NPLQ qualified, then please get in touch. We currently have roles in High Wycombe with NPLQ training included.

Do you want to be a personal trainer but don’t know where to start? Check out this article from FutureFit

If any of these fitness jobs sound attractive to you, then please call us on 01895 450640, or email your current CV to info@4LeisureRecruitment.co.uk

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

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!

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

lifeguard jobs

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?

Some of Our Clients