Aquatic Roles at Camp

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  Aquatic areas are arguably one the liveliest and potentially hazardous areas of camp.

Swimming is a quintessential camp activity that offers entertainment to all ages and abilities through those long summer days.  Camps across America spend thousands of dollars on huge inflatables for the lake, ski boats, sail boats, assault courses and not forgetting…the blob! Camp’s that have pools will usually have a slide, diving board and pool toys galore! Sounds like a magical watery playground right?

Aquatic roles include:

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Safety at the waterfront

Anyone considering a role in aquatics must be confident in their swimming abilities, be a qualified lifeguard or be capable of becoming one prior to the arrival of the campers. When you are sitting on that chair, standing at the water front or floating on a rescue board, you need to be completely focused on every person in the water. Some of the camps will put you through a lifeguard certifications when you get to camp, whilst others will need you to get one from home first. We would always recommend getting a lifeguard certification before camp starts if you can!

The training to become an American Red Cross life guard is thorough and requires hard work both physically and mentally. As you would expect, the majority of your time will be spent in the water, going over various rescue techniques. While this is a challenging course to complete, as long as you have a good level of fitness and are willing to give 100% effort, you will pass.

There are various waterfront positions available including but not limited to: water ski/wake board/ wind surfing instructor, swim coach and believe it or not, the captain of a pirate ship! All of these roles require confidence, a positive attitude and a good work ethic.

Make the most of your time at the lake/pool – think of fun games you can play with the kids to keep them entertained and get the staff involved too! Be a friend to the campers, someone they can have fun with and look forward to seeing each day and look up to.

If this is a role that you are interested in then feel free to chat to us. We know what it takes to be a aquatics team member and also how thoroughly rewarding it can be. So challenge yourself this summer and trust us when we say, you won’t regret it!

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