Qualified and Trainee Lifeguards

Location: Woburn Forest Village - Bedfordshire

Hours of Work: Full-time

Salary/Hourly Rate: £9.14 per hour

Contract Type: Flexible hours over a 4 - week period

Transport Provided: No

Closing date: 24 July 2018

Qualified and Trainee Lifeguards

We’re a thriving team passionate about working together to deliver excellence, all in a natural forest environment.

Join the UK’s number one short break destination. We are proud to have more than 7,000 team members across five Center Parcs Villages and Head Office, working to create memorable experiences for families in beautiful forest locations.


With up to 200 indoor and outdoor activities available, Center Parcs is the perfect place for families to try something new together. The Leisure team plays a key role in ensuring families feel confident, safe and happy during their activity, whatever their age or ability.

There are many opportunities in the Leisure team, and our offering of activities continues to grow. From donning an eye patch in Pirate and Princess Adventure, to whizzing around a track in Quad Bike Safari or scaling the forest canopy in Aerial Adventure, our focus is on delivering a quality experience that guests will remember, whether it’s their first or fiftieth time.


  • Annual profit share/management bonus
  • Staff Reward Scheme
  • Free use of leisure facilities
  • Discounted Center Parcs breaks
  • 20% discount in restaurant and retail outlets


We are currently recruiting for both Qualified and Trainee Lifeguards to join our team at Woburn Forest.

A Lifeguard is the main point of contact for our guests in the Subtropical swimming Paradise.  You will demonstrate just the right mix of welcoming our guests in a positive, friendly manner and ensuring compliance with the Health and Safety necessary in the pool environment.  As the face of Center Parcs you will make a great lasting impression on our guests, impressing them with your professionalism and guest care skills.

You will be a friendly, helpful and vigilant team member who naturally seeks out opportunities to ensure the guests' requirements are met.  You will be responsible for maintaining cleanliness standards within the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and ensure that all company and legal requirements are met at all times.

Trainee Lifeguards

Please note that the NPLQ course will include classroom sessions on the responsibilities of being a Lifeguard, how to observe our pool guests, how to rescue those in need and how to administer first aid and CPR.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain a lifeguard qualification that lasts two years from the date of assessment and is a qualification recognised all over the UK. 

All successful candidates must be available to attend the Swim Test, NPLQ Course and Exam of which the dates are given below.  Please note that full-time hours are required to complete the course.    

The cost of the course is £200 and must be paid by all course attendees prior to the course commencing.

Due to the sensitive nature of this role the successful applicant will be required to apply for disclosure with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB). This disclosure, together with other selection information, will need to be satisfactory to the Company for employment to commence.


You will be contracted to work 150 hours per 4 week period on a flexible basis. This means that your hours and days of work could vary each week, but you will always receive at least your contracted hours each period.

Your shifts will fall between the hours of 7:30am and 10pm and will include working weekends and some public / bank holidays on a rota basis.


You must possess excellent communication skills and be friendly and approachable as you will provide a supportive role to our guests, providing personal attention and care at all times.

Essential requirements:

Qualified Lifeguards must possess:

  • RLSS Pool Lifeguard /NARS Qualification

Trainee Lifeguards must:

  • Be strong swimmers and will be required to successfully complete a swim test at interview stage to progress
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age on the date of examination
  • Be able to jump / dive into deep water
  • Be able to swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • Be able to swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
  • Be able to tread water for 30 seconds
  • Be able to surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Be able to climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits

Desirable requirements:

The ideal candidates will be qualified or have experience of the following:-

  • First Aid Certificate
  • Experience in Pool Plant Operation
  • Use of a Defibrillator

Closing date:  24 July 2018 at 12 Noon

Interviews & Swim Test to be held: Weeks commencing 16, 23 and 30 July 2018

RLSS Pool Lifeguard Course will be held:  27 August – 2 September 2018 inclusive of exam date

Please note this vacancy may close at any time once sufficient applications have been received.  Early submission of your application is therefore encouraged.

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