Trainee Lifeguard

Maidstone | Leisure & Tourism

Location: Maidstone Leisure Centre / Lockmeadow Health Club

Contract Type: Full time and Part time

Working hours: Mainly Monday to Friday, Monings and afternoons

Salary: £10.42 per hour + Excellent Benefits

Always wanted to be a lifeguard but not had the resources to get your National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. 


You should read on as we are recruiting for unqualified Lifeguards as we have full time and part time roles available where you can be supported in achieving your National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) worth £250, to be able work as a Lifeguard here within our Leisure centres.


Here at Maidstone Community Leisure Trust goal is to get more people, more active, more often. We provide affordable access to a wide range of sports and leisure facilities to support healthier and happier people across all segments of the local community. To deliver these services takes an enthusiastic and customer focused team. 


As well as being an everyday hero, as a Lifeguard you'll be an important part of life here at the centre as you ensure that everyone can use the pool in safety and that they have access to everything they need to enjoy their visit. This will involve you providing customer care to people of all ages, supervising activities, maintaining high standards of cleanliness in the pool area, and ensuring the safe handling and set up of pool equipment. And of course, when needed - you'll help to save lives. 


Without you there can't be any pool activity. But you won't be working alone. Our leisure centre has a close knit and supportive team, all working towards providing an inclusive leisure hub for the entire community. 


We share your passion for leisure, and we will offer a safe, fun, and professional working environment with excellent development opportunities. NPLQ Lifeguards at Serco Leisure have followed exciting career paths going on to be swimming teachers, duty managers or even contract managers, to name a few options! We will support you in your career path and you will also receive free gym membership for you and a family member across our fantastic leisure centres! 


 Serco manages these facilities on a day-to-day basis on behalf of the Trust. 



What you'll need to do the role 


No previous Lifeguarding experience required, this role is open to anybody who has the desire to be a lifeguard and can meet the minimum requirements in a swim test. 



To pass the swim test you must be able to perform the following: 

  • Jump/dive into deep water 
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds (this is usually 2 lengths of the pool) 
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water (this is usually 8 lengths of the pool) 
  • Tread water for 30 seconds 
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool (this is usually no deeper than 2.0m) 
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits 

The NPLQ course will take place from Monday 11th December - Friday 15th December 2023 8.30am-5.30pm at Lockmeadow Health Club, so please make sure you can commit to these dates before applying. 


 Why Serco 


Meaningful and vital work: Swimming pools are the beating hearts of our leisure centres and without lifeguards we can't operate. They ensure that our customers can enjoy their activity in safety and when needed they save lives 


A world of opportunity: Our lifeguards are integral to the running of our centres, so as well progressing into senior lifeguard positions they can move into other centre management roles in one of our 55 facilities. 


Great people: Our centres are close-knit and friendly, and we rely on each other for support. As well as the backing of the team you'll also find all the resources you need for career progression through Serco Learning 


What we offer 

  • Gain of life skill & deliver an amazing public service 
  • Build a fantastic foundation career in leisure and follow an exciting career pathway 
  • Get fit, stay fit & increase your social circle. 
  • Gain a fully funded nationwide recognised qualification  
  • AED and (PXB) Spine board training qualification 
  • Free/heavily discounted use of all the facilities at the Centre 
  • Excellent Development and Training Opportunities 
  • A safe and supportive culture 
  • A chance to make a positive difference to the community 
  • Free safeguarding training and DBS check  
  • 6% employer matched pension contribution 
  • 21 days annual leave 
  • Life assurance up to 2x base salary 
  • Simply health cash plan 
  • Anytime health line 
  • Employee assistance programme 
  • Benefits portal offering discounts on eating out, travel, shopping and entertainment 




Serco/Serco Leisure Operating Limited are appointed as the Trust's Managing Agents. We manage the recruitment process and the Trust's employees in the delivery of the service on their behalf. The Trust is committed to equal opportunities and requests any potential applicant to contact the Recruitment Team on 0345 010 4000 as soon as possible if an applicant has any additional queries, requirements or will need additional time in submitting an application. Applicants should be aware that in line with the company's policy, employees will have a DBS check where appropriate.


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