Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: Ring a dinga dinga ding dong ding

Every good wish to you and yours for the New Year from everyone here @ sthoee Lifeguards Dublin

Thanks to the swimmers, volunteers and everyone who puts in so much time and effort. It’s been another great year; we have much to look forward to in 2009.

Back to the pool Sunday 11th

Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Lifeguards


- Christmas 2008 -

We wound up with a totally new experience in rope throws , loads of santa hats and the smiles of a year well done - you just got to love it when sthoee trys something new - 180 feet of christmas lights is not something you see every week.

There will be a few updates over the break mostly course stuff and of course the year end reports

To all our swimmers and the team, the tens of thousands of internet lifeguards and lifesavers visiting us, friends family and

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh

happy christmas, happy holidays, seasons greetings and a peaceful, prosperous and most, important, safe new year to you and yours.

from all the team @ sthoee

We are back to the pool January 11th for normal swims
(with a few extras in between)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Assistant Teachers Courses

Yes you found the right page - everything you need to know will be here first


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

RLSS Ireland Awards Prices

We've had loads of questions on RLSS awards prices - Nov 08

Member/ Non Member
Award of Merit €17.00 / €27.00
Distinction €20.00/ €33.75
Life Support €7.00/ €10.65
Life Support 3 €10.00 / €15.55
Bronze Cross €13.00/ €21.55
Silver Cross €13.00/ €21.55
Lifesaving 1,2&3 €4.50

RLSS membership has its advantages to get the lower rates
Membership over 18 stg £20.20
Membership under18 stg £8

you will need your membership card/number to get the benefits of the rate - for membership information check out here

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Birthday night 08

For the first time we had Tow-B on the big screen - it was strange seeing his smiling face 6 foot tall - staring out over his domain.

As usual, everyone left with a present – this year a pocket facemask.

For members who have not yet qualified or certified to use one we will be running sessions with them over the coming weeks. Personal protection and safety during rescues has long been a focus in Sthoee and it was great that that we were able to give everyone such high quality kit this year.

Birthday night is always special, this year we had birthday greetings sent from as far away as New Zealand!

It is staggering to believe that Sthoee Lifeguards Dublin is seventeen years old. This has been a special year with great successes all round including;

- A new emphasised focus on lifesaving
- Development of the Dublin based pool lifeguard programme
- Multiple Dublin based beach lifeguard courses
- A staggering number of defibrillator installations and training across Ireland.
- The best equipped open water lifesaving programme available.
- The new rescue boat programme

The next 12 months will see some change with an increased focus on training trainers and developing the beach and boat programme.

In the pool we will see an increased focus on dry training and first aid with a greater roll out of defibrillation.

This is an incredible journey and we are so grateful to everyone who makes it happen - go raibh maith agaibh - you know who you are.
November 2008

10 things you didn’t know about sthoee

#1 Tow-B (originally Toby) was named after a character in an Australian soap opera and first appeared in sthoee at our 5th birthday party. (he was surfing on an icing surfboard across the cake). He became Tow-B when we registered our first rescue boat.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sthoee17 Lifeguards Dublin - Annus mirabilis

There are a million people to thank. A million successes to write about.

What a fantastic year, thank you members, thank you friends, thank you alumni

Seventeen years old today, still growing, still learning.

Still smiling. Still having fun :-)

Annus mirabilis - Year of wonders

Sunday, November 2, 2008

5th Port Re-opening, old friends new crow's nest

5th Port reopened the crows nest following a full rebuild and fit out on Bull Island.

Sthoee has had close links to the den over the years and we wish them all the best in the spectacular new crows nest

We look forward to many many more decades of assessments with friends on the Bull Wall.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Enjoy Halloween - Swim & dry sessions 2nd as normal
Club Birthday 8th........... with something special

Monday, October 20, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bloodnight 2008

As we get close to Halloween join us for an evening of blood, guts and gore sthoee style

We’ll show you how to make up and treat wounds, seeping sores, bruises and bloody cuts, chopped off bits, burns, breaks and all sorts of nasty ugly injuries. and lots and lots and lots of
.............. blood!

Sunday 18th

Saturday, October 4, 2008

October Update: Full steam ahead

From Sunday 4/10 Theory starts back along with our last induction of the year

First hour swimmers 6.30
Second Hour swimmers 7.30

lots of new toys this year....... including a whole new goriffic approach to bloodnight, its coming...

check out the new noticeboards !

website service outage:
over the next two weeks elements of our website will be refreshed to allow for a massive extension of information and services . will be live for accessing core lifesaving content but much of the historical and extra services such as lifeguard TV and video, vintage lifesaving pictures and the like will be offline. links may work, they may not, who knows.......

you can still contact us on:
text only to 0861595422 (no voice please its on a PC !)

Monday, September 22, 2008

This week's swims & Courses

Thursday 6.30 on the beach.
Sunday 7.30 / 8.15

Almost the last of the bronze & silver crosses

Upcoming courses
AED Candidate Course: October & November
Rookie Lifeguard Trainer: October
Assistant Teacher Lifesaving: October
Trainer Assessor Lifesaving : December / January
Trainer Assessor Pool Lifeguard: December / January

Friday, September 19, 2008

Breaking news

Open water swim Sat 20th @ 3

open water for the winter ? winter boat programme starts soon !

Monday, September 15, 2008

New Memberships Lifesaving Classes in Dublin

Sthoee will be open for a restricted number of new memberships from the end of September

you must be
Over 8 ('cos we swim late)
A swimmer (2 lenghts of a pool - you don't need to be a dolphin)

If you are interested contact us by email on;
or TEXT your details including name & age, you number (or your parents number) to 086 1595 422

or leave your details in an envelope marked "sthoee Lifesaving" at the reception in DCU Sport before this Sunday

Thursday, September 11, 2008

She's gone

Visitors to our website and blog will be more than aware that we have had an affair over the last number of years.

True there should only be one boat in any Club's life, we have been unfaithful, today we lost one.

Asgard II was lost off France this morning, crew and trainees are all safe.

When she berthed in Howth she was always visible from the beach, when she sailed by the island she was a sight to behold and memorably stopped people in their tracks during swims and assessments. She was part of the landscape around here and, like her namesake and predecessor, was firmly embedded in our local culture and history.

Always sorry to hear of the loss of any boat, particularly sail. She'll be missed around here.

Sthoee Lifeguards Dublin

"Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea would like to compliment the crew of the Asgard and the French for their co-operation in ensuring that all on board were brought to safety."

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Joining Sthoee

>>>>> Existing members
We are back Sunday 7th September for 7.30 & 8.15 swims
Be early, bring a cap, flipflops and a padlock
If you cannot make it down it is very important that you either contact us by text or email before 9 on Sunday or that you send someone down on your behalf

>>>>> New Members
want to join?
send on your details by email to including name age and contact details (or parents contact details) preferably with an email address and mobile number

We do not accept new members on our first night back - we need to shuffle lanes and create space for you!

We will update this site with joining information thoughout September and look forward to having you on board - meanwhile check out the website here to see what we love about lifesaving

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Member Beach Lifeguard Course - very last chance for 2008

There are a couple of spaces for the Sept course contact Peter, Keith, The website (mark your mail "member"), or be at Thursdays swim - 7 on the beach.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

in Dublin its pronounced turrsday

howdy for the next couple of weeks all swims at 7 on Thursday, weekend swims arranged at the Thursday swim

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008

This weeks swims Thur 7 // Sat 5

Open water swims
Tonight Thur 7pm (low water) so skills night,
Sat 5pm claremont.

c y'll there

Sunday, July 13, 2008

messing on the beach will recommence Thursday@7, Sat@12

Sunshine brings out the best in us

Open water, sunshine, lots of water

messing on the beach will recommence Thursday@7, Sat@12

(bring mentos & diet coke)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Urban Beach Dublin ?

Who needs a city centre beach when we have the real thing? Well suppose they have no swimming so they have no jelliers!

This weeks mid week swim is Thursday @ 7 on Claremont
next swims: Sun 10am, Thur 17th @ 7

Some useful links
>Lifesaving in Dublin
>Jellyfish Information on jellyfish in Ireland / Dublin
>Urban Beach? - check out the Dublin Beach Guide or
>The Dublin Beach Guide on Google Earth

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Beach Lifeguard Courses Dublin

........ are hard to find. But we got one more about to hit the beach, members contact Keith on Sundays swim

See y'all on the beach 1 on Sunday.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lets hit the beach ! Dublin Lifesaving

end of the pool year, throw everything that floats into the pool and see what happens.

on the beach from this week - times published Monday evenings

its been a great year, thanks to everyone for what has been a truly awesome experience

The journey continues (Thursdays, Sundays and probably more 'days) all summer

members can opt in at any stage during the summer

s u n | s a n d | s e a | s t h o e e

Monday, June 23, 2008

>Last pool swim Sunday 29th then to the beach for the summer<

Start spreading the news - its beach time, Season 16 draws to a close in the pool and kicks off on the beach.

all members, all summer, all free

see you poolside Sunday

Friday, June 6, 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Open Water Lifesaving - June Bank Holiday Monday

Open Water Lifesaving - June Bank Holiday Monday

Its on

Monday 10.30 Claremont

wetsuit if you have one
Brightly coloured cap
old runners or bootles , something for your feet
Sense of humour

Boats, skis, and a little lunacy

all members, all welcome

Rock & Roll

Directions !
zoom in !!

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Monday, May 12, 2008

ABC - AED, Beach, CPR.....

This is just silly.

Busy day, new AED implementation in Wicklow with just about as enthusiastic a group of people as you could have . Community based AED is a shot in the arm, when you do it three times a week its addictive. (and our first Wicklow implementation!)

If you are a club member at any level and want to get involved just shout.

Straight back to DCU and a further full course with a great group and some fun initiatives !

We are ramping up to summer as we speak open water getting close and we are planning a few surprises for launching day

Congats to the new beach lifeguards, AEDs, thanks to the support team and good luck to the gang doing exams


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Sthoee Lifesaving Dublin

We get asked why we don't update the site so often - are we not up to much?

Its actually the other way around. Sine the last update we have assisted in implementing heaps of new AED including our first in Meath and Cork, have started the beach programme, launched the boat programme. Its likely this year that we will do more AED than water awards , quite incredible.

The big news is that this week we will be contacting a segment of the waiting list for a restricted entry.

Big coastguard event in Howth this weekend - head out if you get the chance.

its the best time of year for sthoee, we have picked our our new BBQ, another new set of mannekins arrived yesterday and some fun plans for greater community interaction.

keep up the good work and if you are in exam mode - we're rooting 4u (but make sure that Mark knows you are coming back!)

take care & Happy Pangea Day

Sunday, April 27, 2008

been busy, busy being busy

It seriously cannot be a month since we last updated.

Its been busy, we are doing AED a a rate of nots, had successful pool lifeguard, had club swims, started our ISA accreditation, the list is endless.

Beach Lifeguard starts here - final registrations for May course tonight

speak soon !

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Good Friday


we're keeping busy

Last week we did a big AED presentation to the combined franchisees from Apache and had the annual staff reassessments in DCU (some great photos to come)

This week - more AED (including tonight and NPLQ) but in addition...

This Friday we are having a big AED event in Skerries as part of the Apache Roll out - if you are interested in attending and can get to Skerries for 5.45pm (to 6.30) you are welcome

but we need to know you are coming text or email and dig out your sthoee sweat.

all ages, all ats, TA - open access presentation ............... and its gonna be big


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

ok ok ok

If you are waiting for pool lifeguard contact - it will happen Thur/ Fri

sorry - we're swamped

Good day Sunday - big night DCU
Good day Today - big Apache presentation at Apache HQ

more soon along with news of ........ Toby and his stunt double!

busy busy - will be updating soon , anyone with time on their hands over the next 2 weeks we could do with a dig out - any age, any level there's a job for you !

Monday, February 25, 2008

Last call for Pool Lifeguard

Apply by Sunday - after that we are opening up the course !

congrats to the distinctions

and for anyone that needs a smile .....

click here

Sunday, February 10, 2008

what were they up to ?

New graphics always means we are up to something - (guilty as charged more in two weeks)

good night all round tonight - the new assistant teacher team (AT) are beginning to make some of us dinosaurs obsolete ;-)

those of you with eagle eyes will have seen new heads and lungs going into some mannequins and a few new faces in the family of resus mannequins - that was only the first instalment - more next week.

Pool Lifeguard, beach Lifeguard, AED courses and Lifesaving TA being put to bed this week - all in all its kinda busy

congrats to the Award of Merits yesterday too

another AED installation this week - right beside us as it happens pics and a new Apache AED section are in the works - remember if you know of anyone who wants assistance with AED just contact us on

or just click the graphic

Sunday, January 27, 2008


great night - all the bags fixed, washed and the mannekins looking somewhat refreshed - full new set on order too!

thanks to everyone who did work this week - everything looks great

original sthoee crew met up this weekend and send their regards . plan is to have an open water open day later in the year

lots of stuff happening in the background - anyone with a flair for design - we might have an opportunity for you !

great to have Peter back - mentoring the new crew - bank looking good.

keep up the good work

Monday, January 21, 2008

gear, pants, and wally hats

Its that time of the year - we go though the gear and people get giddy

For the record yes we do use comfort on the mannequin clothing (people would not believe it last night) and

IF ANYONE can help us source an underwater rugby ball (I didn't think they existed either) or can make suggestions on suitable water pistols (are there unsuitable ones?) we're all ears

as for the lifesaving pants pictured....... no

wally hats anyone ?

courses - we go public next weekend so get your name in - Pool & Beach Lifeguard, Lifesaving TA

On this weeks "to do " list
- iron the baby grows
- buy two heads
- get coloured mannequin
- get a tailor to sew a grab bag
- and dry clean the mannequin bags

you could not make this up

..... what a hobby, golf seems like sanity

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Lifeguard Courses in Dublin

Rock & Roll

Courses up Pool Lifeguard Easter , beach lifeguard Feb, Lifesaving TA March

Gear upgrade started - thanks to everyone who helped pulling stuff apart - new toys arriving from now and yes we will give serious thought to water pistols (try and stop us) and volley balls

great to see Peter on the bank with the highest attended banks sessions we have ever had

priority to sthoee bods and alumni on the lifeguard courses - get in touch ! email

And if you are looking for a new reg form CLICK HERE

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Dublin Lifeguard Courses Announced

Thanks folks - staff meeting tonight - some changes to lanes and a whole new team of AT's on the bank. back to normal times from next week

apache vouchers are back - want half price pizza - vouchers @ €6 available at the door from next week

the noticeboard has moved - its now on the second entrance into the gym - courses up from this week
  • Lifesaving TA (+ multiqual) Easter
  • National Pool Lifeguard Award (NPLQ) Easter
  • Beach Lifeguard (course 1/08) Weekly starting Feb 24th
  • AED next course names will be published on the board this week
  • AED Project 41 - Michael / Simon
  • Cork Courses & Update by invitation (email)
lots of project work happening if you are interested in helping or getting involved contact.....
  • Kit & Kit renewal programmes - Simon & CiarĂ¡n
  • Boat Programme (ISA / RLSS) Joe / Keith
  • Claremount - John / Mark
  • CW & Certification - Kate
& staff remember we need your certs next Sunday !
next BIG exam night Feb 17th

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Check your post

OK no more talk of turkey

its 2008 and we have a lot of work to do

In the post today is the (late) term application - as you know we are already into T2 but we hold off the paperwork till after Christmas being the nice people that we are!

Included in this mailing is a new form for completion by your guardians / parents (or you if you are 18+). This is essential for everyone and is compulsory from 2008.

Staff - there are some changes happening affecting us all (all good) MC will be in in contact and will speak Sunday otherwise speak John, Mark or Kate

we will be looking at lanes again for new members on Sunday week - obviously we don't expect much movement but where we can we will be back filling.

thats about it - too cold for surfing this weekend so feet up and see you all in the pool Sunday

take care and look after yourselves

p.s. anyone who did a Christmas swim but did not get their santa seal MC will have them Sunday ;-)

p.p.s latest AED and some new pics up this weekend