Life As A Leisure Attendant1 Jun
This month, we have got lots of opportunities to begin your leisure career at Brio and so we invited Amber from Northgate Arena to spotlight her journey as a Leisure Attendant.
Amber began her love of water at Brio and enjoyed swimming lessons from just a few months old! She was a quick learner and by the time she was nine years old, she was swimming for Ellesmere Port Amateur Swimming Club and competed in her first swimming gala. Amber had many victories, one of her biggest was competing at County level where she swam personal bests in many events and ending up on the podium with a bronze medal. In her teens, she went on to manage teams at the club galas, trained as a competition judge, and progressed to coaching the younger swimmers.
“I loved coaching the younger swimmers and when I turned 17, I completed my Level 1 Swim Teaching qualification and applied for a job at Northgate Arena, and I got it! I was officially a Swimming Teacher Assistant! I really enjoyed helping others learn to swim and I even worked with a few teachers who taught me to swim when I was little!”
Shortly afterwards she completed her National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ) and started working as a Casual Leisure Attendant.
“I was completing my A Levels at the time, so casual work was a great fit for me as I could choose when I wanted to work.”
A part-time Leisure Attendant contract became available and whilst Amber had struggled at school, she decided this was the opportunity she had been looking for to kickstart a career she loved, and within a few months, she had secured herself a permanent full-time role!
Being a leisure attendant is rewarding and provides important lifesaving skills through the NPLQ. The role is not just about lifeguarding either, the team rotate off the pool and set up lots of activities such as badminton, football, trampolines and large events such as the Antiques Fairs and Dance Competitions.
“I enjoy the variety of the Leisure Attendant role, it keeps things interesting and breaks up the poolside responsibilities.”
All Leisure Attendants are required to complete two hours of training a month to ensure poolside safety and to refine their skills of being a lifeguard. The training comprises of an hour of poolside skills and an hour of dry side skills such as first aid and CPR.
“We have a great team and the training allows us to work together to form a strong trust and respect for each other so we are fully prepared when needed to perform a rescue or deal with an emergency.”
Having had the friendly support of her team to help ease her nerves through those early shifts, she went on to support other new starters with their inductions and progressed again and again! Now, celebrating her 10th year at Brio, Amber was recently recognised for her hard work and has since been promoted to Duty Manager at Northgate Arena.
“I’m so proud of my work at Brio, I’ve been given the opportunity to develop my skills and shape my own career progression, and I would recommend the Leisure Attendant role to anyone that is looking to start a new career journey!”
If you’ve been inspired by Amber’s experiences and would like to understand more about our roles and training support, you can visit our Careers page or use the contact page to drop us a message to have a chat!
There’s also the chance to join us in person at our Careers Open Evening in Winsford Lifestyle Centre on Wednesday 8 June from 6 pm, you can find out all of the details here.