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Apprentice Aquatics Assistant CHAILEY HERITAGE FOUNDATION

To undertake a comprehensive programme of on the job training, external training courses and monthly assessments. To support the supervisory team in the effective operation of the Hydrotherapy Pool at Chailey Heritage Foundation on a day-to-day basis, supporting with the care of Young People and delivery of the Aquatics Curriculum objectives.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Hours generally between 08.00 and 20.00, on a flexible rota, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    10 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Through appropriate training the post holder will gain knowledge and experience enabling them to contribute to the following key tasks towards running the facility:

  • Through regular Personal Development Reviews and the Apprenticeship framework identify and agree internal and external training courses as appropriate to the post. This includes the ASA Level 1 and 2 Teaching Aquatics qualifications
  • With support from line managers contribute to ensuring that all delivery meets appropriate Health & Safety standards including the adoption of safe working practices, risk assessment and compliance with National Governing Bodies for sport guidance on the safe use of equipment and delivery of activity
  • Gain knowledge and experience in the Foundation’s professional standards to ensure students and customers enjoy a safe experience whilst delivering an effective service at all times
  • Assist, and with experience and relevant qualifications, lead swimming coaching and instructional activities as designated by the Aquatics Manager
  • In consultation with the Aquatics Manager, plan suitable, progressive activity for the delivery of aquatics sessions that is appropriate to the facility and within ASA guidelines, whilst ensuring that all aspects of the delivery are individual to the participant
  • Be aware of fire exits, assembly points, reporting mechanisms in an emergency to be effective in assisting with the safe evacuation of the facility in the case of a fire or other emergency
  • Upon achievement of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, act as a pool lifeguard and Aquatics Assistant, ensuring pool users safety. Control time sessions, perform lifesaving duties and administer first aid, as required
  • Understand the need for high quality customer care and contribute towards providing a high-quality experience for users
  • Duties will be wide ranging and as well as teaching swimming/aquatics programmes and lifeguarding (when qualified) will include administration, answering the phone and dealing with customers face to face in a positive, reliable and pleasant way
  • Be sufficiently flexible to provide cover for Aquatic Assistants and Swimming Teaching staff (when qualified) during annual leave and periods of sickness
  • Duties will include daytime, evening and weekend working
  • Use Microsoft Office and IT equipment, provide activity reports when requested to the chosen project lead officer and Aquatics Manager
  • When aquatic sessions are unable to take place, work alongside classroom assistants and lead a suitable PE activity as an alternative
  • Be aware of the health and medical needs of the YP and to assist, following necessary training, with all interventions required to care for the pupil in a holistic manner to maintain their everyday health care needs including gastrostomy, epilepsy management, individual catheterisation, spinal board retrieval and others as required due to the changing needs of the pupils
  • Carry out any other duties that are within the scope and grading of the post which could be requested by the Aquatics Manager


  • Liaise with Aquatics Manager/Aquatics Supervisor who will liaise with Staff and Pupil Support Manager and Department Coordinators to ensure adequate assistance is available for each swimming session
  • Under the direction of the Aquatics Manager/Aquatics Supervisor, support Education Assistants during sessions to ensure they run smoothly
  • Be aware of the manual handling risk assessments for YP, ensuring all volunteers, poolside staff and Education Assistants are aware of individual pupils needs
  • Liaise with nursing staff about the individual health needs of pupils
  • Under the direction of Aquatics Manager/Aquatics Supervisor keep records of staff and pupils who swim each day for monitoring purposes
  • Assist in keeping records of each pupil’s weight

Health and Safety:

  • Ensure all necessary rescue equipment is in good working order, present and placed appropriately around the pool
  • Carry out Daily Check List and report any faults/H&S issues to Aquatics Manager/Aquatics Supervisor
  • Feed any Health and safety concerns to the Aquatics Manager/Aquatics Supervisor as they arise
  • Be responsible for completing accident/incident forms from issues that arise within the Hydrotherapy Pool and report to Aquatics Manager
  • The post requires monthly attendance at training sessions as a minimum, including participation in National Pool Lifeguard Qualification training and Swim Teacher training
  • Be able to complete competency-based assessment in this area as deemed appropriate by the Aquatics Manager/RLSS Trainer Assessor
  • Under the direction of Aquatics Manager/Aquatics Supervisor carry out pool tests and ensure water quality is within acceptable levels
  • Liaise with estates staff when required for suitable dosing; maintain records of water quality for monitoring purposes
  • Ensure cleanliness of the facilities is maintained to the highest possible standard and liaising with Aquatics Manager/Aquatics Supervisor

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • An ability to analyse problems, situations and information, think laterally and take decisive action
  • Good communication skills
  • Time management and ability to prioritise tasks

Personal qualities

  • Hard working, positive and focused on delivery to a high standard
  • Team orientated approach, able to work across organisation boundaries and demonstrate interest and be supportive of the work of colleagues
  • Assertive and use of initiative
  • Outgoing personality with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • A kind and caring disposition
  • Swimming ability and appropriate level of fitness required to maintain the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
  • Available to work on an early, late shift rota system that includes evenings and weekends

Desired qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent grades

Future prospects

  • Leisure Duty Manager Standard 
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer Standard 

About the employer

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a pioneering charity providing education, care and transition services for children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs.




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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by FUNCTIONAL SKILLS UK LIMITED


Sacha Lansdall 07858156244

Leisure Team Member Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Attend joint-lead applicable in-service training for appropriate Chailey Heritage Foundation staff
  • Complete relevant training to ensure the everyday health care needs, including the medical needs, of our young people can be met
  • All poolside staff must hold a current National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and be deemed competent by the Aquatics Manager/RLSS Trainer Assessor
  • Attend relevant Continual Professional Development training as highlighted by the Aquatics Manager
  • Be aware of development in health and safety procedures and legislation within a pool environment
  • Occasionally, training or meetings are organised outside normal working hours. The post holder will be expected to attend whenever reasonably practicable

Qualifications will include:

  • Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding
  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing
  • Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming
  • Level 3 Award in First Aid

Apprenticeship standard

Leisure team member

Level 2 (GCSE)

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