Coventry Sports Foundation has launched a major recruitment drive to boost the number of lifeguards and swimming instructors at its three leisure centres. As an extra incentive, the organisation – which runs the Xcel Leisure Centre, the Alan Higgs Centre and Centre AT7 – is offering a limited number of free places on a lifeguard training course worth £210 per person.

Full- and part-time lifeguard positions are available, along with lifeguard and recreational attendant modern apprenticeships. Those interested in teaching swimming must be STA Level 2/ASA Level 1 certified. The minimum age for applicants in any role is 16.

CSF Operations Manager Kath Healion stressed the flexibility of working hours, as well as opportunities to progress through the organisation.

“These vacancies could appeal to a wide range of individuals. However, because of the flexible nature of shifts, it could be ideal for university and college students who want to work in the sector. The jobs are also perfect for those looking to get into the leisure industry and progress further,” she said.

“As an added extra, we are offering those interested in becoming a lifeguard the chance to train for free, as the cost of the training can sometimes be an issue. Lifeguard training courses take place throughout the year and all interested parties will have to take part in a swimming test before progressing further,” she added.

Wendy Jackson, CSF's Community Development Manager, said: “The safety of everyone who visits one of the foundation’s facilities is paramount to us. This is why we want to offer this incentive to find more lifeguards, but safety also extends to swimming teachers as well, as they give everyone skills to protect themselves in the water.”

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