Date posted 09 May 2022

Better - London’s largest swimming pool operator - is teaming up with the WorkPath team at Tower Hamlets Council to encourage residents to train as lifeguards and swimming teachers as part of the re-opening of York Hall’s swimming facilities in June 2022.

Better is the customer brand of charitable social enterprise GLL and as part of its community remit it has stepped in to fully fund the cost of National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications (NPLQ) and swim teaching courses for Tower Hamlets residents. Typically courses cost in excess of £375 per person.  With lots of funded spaces up for grabs the team at York Hall Leisure Centre are expecting strong interest in the campaign.

Currently there is a national shortage of lifeguards and swimming teachers, with 20 per cent of positions unfilled.  Better hopes that Tower Hamlets’ public swimming facilities can buck this trend and encourage a new wave of local people to apply, providing a welcome boost to employment in the borough.

Assistant Manager at York Hall Leisure Centre, Ife, highlights: ‘Of course a good level of fitness and swimming ability is key, but we currently employ lifeguards and swimming teachers of all ages from their late teens to those aged 70 years and older.

“It can be a stepping stone to a career pathway within the leisure industry, or offer flexible working hours that are ideal for working parents or the semi-retired, who are perhaps looking to supplement a pension.”

Bernice Fullerton at Tower Hamlets council added: "Tower Hamlets Workpath have been working in partnership with GLL to highlight the great career opportunities in the leisure industry, and this has resulted in job starts for our residents."

"We are excited to be working with the team at York Hall to promote these excellent opportunities, and get our residents onto the fully funded training available, and secure roles working in their local communities."

Alex, a current lifeguard who works across various pools in the borough adds: “Working as a lifeguard means you really learn about the leisure industry first hand and as you progress up the levels that experience will be invaluable.  Working for Better is great, because if they see you are interested and ambitious they will push you and offer more opportunities.”

Commenting on the campaign, Colette Lyons, Head of People at Better said: “We’re particularly keen to raise awareness amongst people who may not have previously considered becoming swimming teachers and lifeguards.  It is the ideal job for those looking for flexible working, for example parents who want to fit working hours around the school day, or the active retired or students.”

For further information and to apply, get in touch with us via towerhamletsjobs@GLL.ORG or visit

In partnership with Tower Hamlets Council, we're pleased to announce that refurbishment work is currently well underway at York Hall Leisure Centre’s swimming pool. 

We look forward to welcoming you back to the stunning swimming pool from June onwards.