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Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard) Apprenticeship

12 – 15 months
Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard) Apprenticeship
12 – 15 months


If you’re practical and want to be involved in the inner workings of a leisure centre, then this is the apprenticeship for you. This apprenticeship covers a wide range of subjects including Lifeguarding (for centres with a swimming pool), dealing with customers, health and safety and setting up equipment to name a few.


No formal qualifications or experience are necessary, but you will need to be a strong and confident swimmer. A swim test will form part of the recruitment process, details of which will be given to you on application. Support will be provided for the swim test


The apprenticeship is made up of the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing Operational Services
  • Level 2 Certificate in Leisure Operations
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure & Learning
  • Functional Skills in English & Maths Level 1/2*

*Subject to individuals’ prior qualifications in English and Maths

Some key subject units covered are:

  • How to give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation
  • Promote health, safety and welfare in active leisure and recreation
  • Support the work of the team and the organisation
  • Support equality and diversity in active leisure and recreation
  • Clean and tidy facility areas
  • Set up, take down and store activity equipment


You will be allocated a GLL College Skills Developer who will meet with you every four to six weeks at your place of work to assist you in completing your assessments and tasks to achieve your qualifications. Between meetings they will be available to contact via email, call or text with any questions or help needed.

Where possible workshops for all Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard) apprentices within a GLL Region will take place every eight weeks at a central location.

Further support is also available via an e-Portfolio and online learning portal which all apprentices will be introduced to and shown how to use.


This apprenticeship offers individuals the opportunity to become a fully-qualified Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard) and to gain permanent employment in this role. Previous apprentices have also quickly progressed within GLL into Senior Recreation Assistant and Duty Manager positions.


It usually takes 12 – 15 months to complete your apprenticeship, but timescales can be adapted to meet individual needs.


The majority of the apprenticeship training will take place at your place of work during your working hours, with a Skills Developer coming to meet you.

Some aspects will be delivered outside of your place of work/off the job, which will be planned and agreed in advance with all details being provided to you.