Qualified and Trainee Lifeguards

€13.09 hourly
  • Center Parcs Ltd
  • Ballymahon, County Longford, Ireland
  • 14/09/2023
Full time, Part time, Permanent Customer Service Entry Level Hospitality-Hotel

Job Description

We’re a thriving team passionate about working together to deliver excellence, all in a natural forest environment.

Set in hundreds of acres of beautiful forest Longford Forest is the perfect place for a short break in Ireland, 365 days a year. With homely accommodation, up to 100 indoor and outdoor activities and a choice of bars and restaurants, there is something for all the family, all year round.


You probably won’t find another swimming pool like ours in Ireland. Our Subtropical Swimming Paradise is the focal point of every village. We have slides, whirlpools, splash areas for our younger guests, underwater activities to enjoy and cabanas to kick back and relax in. Our Lifeguards are present and involved in each area and activity, so your job will be incredibly diverse. 

We’re a team. Imagine working in an environment where support and wellbeing are second nature. Our team of Lifeguards, Team Leaders and Managers extend their experience and knowledge as often as they can, so we can all work together to achieve guest excellence.


Working in a large team, you’ll be allocated general cleaning and testing duties to make sure the pool is safe for guests. You’ll be on rotation with other Lifeguards, monitoring various activities and attractions on a 30 minute cycle, as well as supervising guest leisure activities. At each of the lifeguard stations you’ll be expected to maintain guest safety, whilst ensuring they are happy in their environment.

Trainee candidates will be required to attend an NPLQ course and an offer of employment will be subject to passing the course and a successful interview. Please note that the course will be full-time hours for 5 days and include classroom sessions on the responsibilities of being a Lifeguard, how to observe our pool guests, how to rescue those in need and how to administer first aid and CPR.

Candidates must successfully pass a swim test in order to progress to interview stage

Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain a recognised lifeguard qualification that lasts two years from the date of assessment.

Due to the sensitive nature of this role the successful applicants will be required to undergo Garda Vetting. This disclosure, together with other selection information, will need to be satisfactory to the Company for employment to commence.


You’ll be someone who is naturally cheerful, friendly and approachable, and who works well in a large team. Each day will bring different duties around the pool, from pool, slide and water safety checks, through to cleaning, tidying and generally being on hand to provide a great service to our guests. This means that you’ll need to be the sort of person who loves helping others and thinks nothing of going over and beyond expectations.

Essential requirements:

  • IWS / RLSS Pool Lifeguard Qualification (training will be provided)
  • Excellent interpersonal, observational and communication skills
  • Able to work in accordance with policies and procedures
  • Candidates must successfully pass a swim test in order to progress to interview stage


We have both full and part-time contracts available with a variety of shift patterns including daytime, evenings or a mix of both.

Flexibility will be required as our village is open 365 days of the year, so you will need to be able to work some weekends and public / bank holidays on a rota basis with a premium rate of pay for hours worked on a Sunday.


We have a great range of standard benefits which all our employees are entitled to but as a Lifeguard, you’ll also enjoy a fantastic team environment where rewards and recognition go hand in hand. Training is paramount to ensuring safety so you can expect us to continually support you in achieving standards, as well as helping you to progress your personal career in leisure.

Center Parcs is a fantastic place to work and the benefits are as impressive as they are unique. Here are just a few:

  • Colleague Bonus Scheme
  • Pension Scheme with Life Assurance
  • Colleague Recognition and Reward Scheme – offering a choice of Center Parcs and High Street vouchers
  • Free use of our leisure facilities
  • Discounted Center Parcs breaks
  • 20% discount in our restaurant and retail outlets
  • An Employee Assistance Program - providing support on financial, health and legal matters
  • Excellent opportunities for career development and progression with the opportunity to gain externally recognised qualifications

If this sounds like your ideal job, then we’d love to see your application.

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Our colleagues work together to make sure guests have a memorable and safe short break. We are committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our teams.