Job Description and Benefits

Lifeguards are part of a team responsible for the delivery of a high-quality, school-holiday, experience, ensuring children aged 5 to 17 are active, having fun and learning together.

About the Role

Working from poolside with our Swimming Teacher and site teams, Lifeguards are responsible for the safe delivery of fun and engaging swimming sessions for children aged 5 to 17.

Lifeguards have a high level of responsibility, requiring a valid NPLQ qualification, attention to detail, and the ability to respond appropriately to the pool environment. Lifeguards must prioritise child welfare and safeguarding children in the water and poolside.

As part of our Multi-Active Programme, children are grouped by age – typically 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17 – for swim activities, so you’ll need to be able to adapt for varying age and ability levels. Our swim programme involves structured, active games and fun activities (rather than a learn to swim), focussing on developing water-confidence and basic stroke development.

A typical day includes working with 3 to 8 groups of mixed ability children, with a maximum of 16 children in the pool. Sessions typically last between 30 – 45 minutes. Session times and pool availability will vary, but we typically run sessions between 9.30am – 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Safety is our number one priority, and Lifeguards work closely with Swimming Teachers to ensure preparation of areas and equipment, management of risk assessments, monitoring of water conditions, and management of incidents. Children and staff must adhere to the Swimming Policy, the venue Normal Operating Procedure and Emergency Action Plan.

There’s a degree of flexibility regarding Lifeguard hours and the opportunity to mix Lifeguard responsibilities with general sports coaching.

Person Specification (Ideal, but with some flexibility)

A current Lifeguard qualification: National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), National Rescue Award to Swimming Teachers and Coach (NRASTC), STA Safety Award for Teachers Qualification. We will require up to date certification.

  • At least 6 months’ Lifeguard experience
  • Able to conduct a depth test at the venue
  • A passion for developing children’s water confidence
  • Vibrant, resilient, team player
  • Flexible and adaptable


Working with United Adventure Camps during the holidays offers you more than just a job, the benefits listed below will last throughout your career:

  • Hourly rate of pay to be agreed
  • Flexible shifts in the school holidays
  • High quality, enjoyable and worthwhile experience
  • Career development and the potential of regular employment with United
  • Experience the joy of developing others in leadership, communication, coaching and working with children
  • Enjoy delivering market-leading activity programmes
  • Work in first class facilities and locations – the best universities and schools in the UK
  • Benefit from a proven training and onboarding process
  • Make a difference to the lives of children from a variety of backgrounds – you’ll be contributing to the health of the nation

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