Barracudas is committed to giving you the best training we possibly can. This is why we offer you: FREE, nationally recognised and internal courses, across several venues and dates. Attending a training course can increase your wage level and is a great way to develop your skills.
All members of staff will ideally hold a relevant qualification in order to work on camp. These include childcare qualifications, sporting qualifications and creative qualifications, as well as any of the qualifications gained through taking the courses below. If you are unsure of whether or not your qualification is valid, pleasecontact us.
The Multi Activity course provides a fantastic opportunity to learn to lead two of our favourite activities on camp! For staff that want to teach children new skills in quad biking, go karting and archery, this one and a half day course is for you! We will not only show you the basics, but we will also teach you how to create fun and exhilarating sessions, including some maintenance tips.
Having some experience in leading groups of children would be ideal but no activity knowledge is required to undertake the course, as we teach you everything you need to know. If you are applying for a MA role on camp, you will need to undertake this course to fulfil your contract.
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The Fencing course is led by British Fencing Trainers who attend our training weekends at selected venues and train a group of up to 12 staff. This is a fun interactive two day course that will teach you everything you need to know about fencing. The qualification you will receive is: nationally recognised, valid for 3 years and can be used outside of Barracudas. The course also includes a one hour Epi Pen training session and you are offered a Fencing Instructor role on camp you will need to complete this course.
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Paediatric First Aid
We offer a 12 hour, nationally recognised paediatric first aid course. This is a fantastic course that provides: key life skills, knowledge, and is valid for 3 years. It is also a fantastic qualification to have on your CV. The course offers an introduction to first aid, covering numerous areas including: CPR, bandages and head injuries to name a few. The course also includes a one hour Epi Pen training session. This informative and interesting course takes place over two days and provides you with the option to earn extra money by working the Early & Late clubs, which operate from 8:00 until 18:00 at the beginning and end of each day.
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Water Park Training
The Water Park course gives you the opportunity to be involved in setting up and operating the water park at your camp. We provide water parks to camps that don’t have pools, which are: Ashford, Cambridge, Chislehurst, Hayes, Hemel, Maidstone, Romford, Streatham & Clapham, Tonbridge, Watford, Welwyn, Wellingborough, Wokingham and Woodford. The water park is always a favourite with the children, so if you are looking to learn some extra skills and be involved in leading some popular sessions, then this is the course for you. Water Park training is a fun and energetic, two hour course.
Course Dates & Venues:
Sunday 7th July 2019: Coopers' Coborn School, Upminster
Sunday 14th July 2019: Tonbridge Grammar School, Tonbridge
Course Length: 2 hours
Lifeguard Training and Assessment
Ahead of each season, all Lifeguards need to demonstrate competency around physical fitness levels and current CPR knowledge, through a Competency Assessment. The first hour will refresh knowledge in: CPR & First Aid, Risk Assessment, Hazard Awareness and Emergency Scenarios*.
Led by a trained assessor, this will be signed off and can be used as a minimum of up to 1.5 hours of your required ongoing lifeguard professional development in order to maintain your qualification. You will be paid to attend the assessment.
*If you can provide evidence that you have attended lifeguard professional development within 6 weeks of starting with Barracudas, you may not have to attend the first hour of the assessment. Similarly, with this evidence you may only need to attend the assessment annually.
Course Length: 4 hours
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The Barracudas Inflatable course is an in house, one day course designed to improve the safety of inflatable play. You will learn how to set up and lead safe sessions, while operating some of the most exciting equipment on camp such as: rodeo bull, bungee run, demolition ball and assault courses, to name a few!
Not all camps receive inflatables equipment, for more information contact the recruiter responsible for your camp. Course Dates & Venues
Saturday 30th March 2019: Coopers' Coborn School, Upminster
Sunday 31st March 2019: Notre Dame School, Cobham
Saturday 6th July 2019: Coopers' Coborn School, Upminster
Saturday 13th July 2019: Tonbridge Grammar School, Tonbridge
Course Length - 1 day (9am-5pm)
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How to sign up for a course
If your application is successful and you are issued a contract you will be able to register your interest for one of the above training courses via an online form which will appear in the staff room.
To have the best opportunity of securing a place on one of our fantastic courses, we recommend filling in this form at the point of signing your contract! Providing there is space, we will book & confirm your place in an email along with all relevant course information a couple of weeks ahead of the course start date.
If the courses you have selected are fully booked a recruiter will be in contact with you to discuss alternative dates and courses.
If you are offered either a Multi Activity or Fencing Instructor role it is compulsory to attend the relevant training course and you will be guaranteed a place. All courses are valid for three years, if you are a returning staff member you may need to renew your qualifications with us.