Normally at the end of the year we are winding up assessments, preparing our state of the nation , prepping a sea swim or paddle. Normally.
Just ahead of Christmas ..... every year on sthoee birthday the crew get a small unique gift , it's a long story but it suffices to say it's a great tradition we've been doing it a long time. It didn't happen this year....
So for Christmas we had a brilliant Dublin artist create unique Christmas deccos using Dublin seaweed and gold leaf to mark sthoee 2020, the year that wasn't, for our volunteers. They are awesome and we have a couple to give away to our swimmers.
If you'd like to try get your hands on one send your name and the time you usually swim at by email to Christmas@sthoeelifeguardsdublin.com by 29/12 , we'll have someone draw names out of a swimming hat ....
We hope this finds you safe and well, we won't be gathering but if you are stay away from crowds and take care.
Might be the year to skip a Christmas day swim, stay safe
We should be just back from our surf trip, we should be gathering the crew for a meet up after celebrating the sthoee birthday with a pool party. This year keeps giving.
Anyways.... this is birthday week, there's not much up. Some of the crew are working on kit for our pool return, it's full of change, we can't share rescue gear, mannekins and physical contact in rescue and resus are out for the moment. It'll all be very different :-)
Anyway we're just marking birthday night, hope everyone is safe and well, we'll add it to the long list of things we need to celebrate when we get back.
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The sthoee return to pool questionnaire is sitting ready to go when we have something approaching white smoke but.... until we have some better news we will keep our powder dry.
We are at level 3 - Under level 3/4/5 we do not have access to the pool for group training. Under level 2/1 we will have severely reduced class numbers, new process around protective measures, cleaning and how classes will operate.
One of the questions on the questionnaire was to ask you all to send in any questions that you have so that we could go through them on a zoom call with everyone, with today's news why wait … send on questions to FAQ@sthoeelifeguardsdublin.com
Also every year we celebrate a birthday in early November, if you have ideas for how this might be celebrated remotely throw them onto firstname.lastname@example.org we need something to look forward to
The crew continue to meet remotely every week, we've had some great problem solving for how the future might look . We need to get wet, we need a mix of live and online learning, we need it to be fun, we need everyone motivated, we need to celebrate an engagement and a heap of birthdays, we need to surf.
The most recent Government changes impact how we will look at our restart.
It's impossible to predict how exactly this will look but it's safe to say that our plans are that we will aim to pick up where we left off albeit with a lot of changes required to manage sthoee in a covid-19 environment
Traditionally we restart later in September with new swimmers at the end of the month but at this stage we expect that we will
- Send a questionnaire to swimmers to engage on our back to pool plans
- Publish our covid-19 charter
- Have a zoom (or similar) meetup and parents Q&A
- Then announce our plans and dates
We are getting enquiries for new starts, anyone wanting to join needs to register on the join section linked from our website or blog if it's a sibling of an existing swimmer note this on the application. It helps.
It's really hard to be optimistic at the moment, we've touching six months off but we are entirely independent which means we can adapt. We continue to ask that you take your information from our website and email only, it's amazing that people make stuff up but they do, if it's not published its not true….
The Crew continue to meet up online weekly and send their love to you all !
And finally there's been some jellyfish questions. Yes we do serve them at the beach BBQ (they look like congealed bonjella and taste of bad dreams) but when you meet them on the beach and are scared of stings it's.........
Purple / all white - you should be all right
Black, orange, red, blue – will all sting you
Regardless of colour don't pick 'em up unless you know what you are doing and do not eat them. Seriously, what's wrong with you people.
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We've written and held back communication after communication, week after week, for some time now.
This has been an interesting time for many of us and , for others, unspeakably sad. So many of our current and past members are in front line professions. It has been humbling to hear stories.
Many reached out to sthoee during the period of lockdown, you will be happy to hear the crew have continued to meet up online weekly plugging into sthoee crew as far afield as Australia and the States. And we have had many online sessions including a memorable online pizza party on three continents to celebrate Richard's engagement (congrats!).
Beach Lifeguards had qualifications extended and we are now moving forward on a couple of fronts.
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing plans but, as you can guess, there are very real logistical challenges.
So there are a few housekeeping things we need to start with.
First of all we need you to be sure you are on the public mailing list. If you received this by email you are, just sit tight.
If not please register on the blog (link below) [mailings are cross published on the blog to if you choose not to subscribe]
In the next week or so we will be issuing a questionnaire to gather your thoughts around some ideas / plans we have and to give you the opportunity to ask questions and develop our (and your) ideas together with your input.
We have a clear idea of where we want to get to but this will be a collective journey
The other important thing is to only take sthoee information from formal communication from us. All events , meetups and start up information will be published publicly, nobody will receive information from any other source. Promise.
Stay safe, swim on lifeguarded beaches, wear a mask, wash you hands
Look after yourself, your loved ones and your community
The sthoee crew met online instead of at the pool last night. Everyone is in good form and is safe and well.
We've been talking about the importance of getting updates from the HSE and going easy on the social media!
This week we are starting planning our open water programme, this pause and we and to be ready.
So what can you do this week.......
Well we have a challenge for all sthoee swimmers. We want you to design a new rescue aid, think big, you know sticks , you known ring buoys and torps. We want you to think of what would make a great rescue aid.
It can be a design based on what you use already, using something else as a recue aid or go wild use jet engines and drones.
You can work alone, with your family or another sthoee swimmer (but only online or on the phone!)