Secure a Leisure Assistant Job AND gain your NPLQ qualification while you work! 

enjoyleisure is offering an exciting opportunity for people of any age to be employed as "Fast Track Leisure Assistants", which, during your initial 8 week probation period, you'll be able to gain the international recognised National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, and kick start your career in the leisure industry.  



We're Recruiting!

We are looking to recruit people of any age who have a passion for sport and leisure and will be able to provide a positive, welcoming and participative experience for members and visitors to each of our sports centres across East Lothian.

If your values are to:

  • help and support people to achieve their health and wellbeing goals
  • have a passion to provide an excellent customer experience and
  • relish the opportunity to help teach others in a variety of sports

then a career as a Leisure Assistant may be for you.

As well as being employed as a Leisure Assistant with one of East Lothian's largest employers, we will train you to achieve the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) within your first 8 weeks probationary period and onward to further training to support our swim teaching programme.


What's in it for you?

  • Employment contract working with one of East Lothian's largest employers
  • Launch your career in the leisure industry by gaining the international recognised National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (for FREE) as part of your 8 week probationary period
  • Fantastic training and development opportunities 
  • Gain valuable experience working as part of a team, speaking directly to public, building confidence, enhancing your customer service skills
  • Opportunity to assist, engage, motivate and inspire others to lead an active, healthy lifestyle
  • Support and enhance the health and wellbeing of East Lothian's communities 

You also benefit from:

  • Entry into the position at National Living Wage of £9.50 per hour, progressing to £10.17 after successfully gaining your NPLQ
  • Free access to the Gym & Swimming Pool to maintain your own personal fitness levels
  • Discounted Fitness Memberships
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Enrolment in the Local Government Lothian Pension Fund
  • Access to Free employee assistance programme 
  • Access to retail and restaurant discounts via membership to the Civil Service Sports Council discount scheme

The Fast Track Programme

The early weeks of your initial 8 week probationary period will include familiarisation of our services, shadowing our qualified colleagues in day to day responsibilities, health and safety training, introduction to swim teaching.

Following successful completion of your NPLQ and probationary period, your appointed centre will be confirmed with you and you will then undertake responsibilities within the role of Leisure Assistant and onward to preparing for and undertaking training for the Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification (SSTQ).




Future Opportunities 

Subsequent opportunities will then be presented to you to deliver coaching and teaching children and adults in other activities such as gymnastics, badminton, tennis or athletics. 

You may have a passion for exercise and fitness.  We have opportunities to gain experience and qualifications in exercise to music. 

You may feel your pathway is to a Supervisory or Management role.

Regardless, we can support you in achieving these goals.

About You

You may just be out of education and considering careers.  Or you may be in later stages of working life and want to fulfil an ambition to give back to the community that you have lived in.

Whatever your situation, we are keen to hear from you, as we may have opportunities for you in your area of interest and experience to join a fantastic team of colleagues.


How to Apply:

PDFDownload the full Fast Track Leisure Assistant Role Profile Here.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Fast Track Leisure Assistant positions, or indeed any other positions offered by enjoyleisure contact us via email:

To Apply for the Fast Track Leisure Assistant Positions 

Please send a copy of your CV & a covering email to

Closing date for applications is 26th August 2022


What's it like being a Lifeguard?

We've put together this short video, to give you an idea of what it's like to be a Leisure Assistant with enjoyleisure: 


Hear from existing Leisure Assistants 

Don't just take our word for it!   Listen to the testimonials from Rab, Beccy and Charlie as they tell you about their experiences being part of the enjoyleisure team.