Watersports Kickstart Scheme



We are excited to announce our new training scheme for young people; this scheme fully funded training places for young people (16-18yrs) looking to gain formal qualifications which are highly sought after and transferable. We would like to thank the Booth’s charity for their support and funding fort this scheme.

Particpants will gain the following qualifications:

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 – This course teaches you to drive and operate a powerboat, and ultimately, at the end of the two-day course, you will be issued a license to operate a powerboat which is required to be employed and operate boats. More information on this course can be found here.
  • RLSS Open water Lifeguard – Accredited by the Royal Lifesaving Society, this course will teach components including first aid, law and rescue techniques. Once qualified, you will be able to lifeguard in specific open water settings and be fully trained to manage rescue situations. More information on the course can be found here.

What are the benefits of applying?

  • You gain two nationally recognised qualifications for free
  • Develop skills and experience many colleges and universities look for when applying
  • Gain lifelong CV experience
  • Opportunity to apply for paid employment for the 2023 season, upon successful completion of the courses
This course is aimed at those aged 16-18 who live in Greater Manchester. You don’t need to have any prior watersports knowledge; however, you should have a keen interest in the Sport, Outdoors and Leisure industry. You’ll also need to be able to swim at least 300-400m in a pool setting and comfortable in and around water.
Other personal requirements:
  • Be a team player
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be approachable and friendly
  • Be a problem solver
Applicants will need to complete the application form below and upload a short cover letter stating their suitability and desire to take part in this course.  There are a limited number of spaces available on this course, applicants will be shortlisted based off the requirements demonstrated in their application form and cover letter.

Applications are now closed 

Application form 

If you need any assistance or have a question, please email Ethan at: watersportscentre@scll.co.uk


As all of the courses, inductions and assessments will run at the same time. All those that are participating will need to be available:

26th, 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th of October. Each day will run from 09:45-16:30.

Once you’ve sent the online form, we will narrow the applications down, if the scheme attracts a high volume of applicants, we will invite applicants for an informal interview.

We will contact everyone to inform them of our next steps, once applications close.

If offered a free funded place on this course, you’ll be asked to sign a training agreement. This agreement will mean you need to attend the course in full or we may charge you the cost of a place which is £400 per person.
Its unlikely that you will fail any elements of the course but if you did, we would work with you outside of this course to get you on your way to passing.