Hope Santa was good to everyone.
Don't forget to send on pic's of your sthoee stickers
Something about Sthoee...
I started back in Sthoee just before I turned 13. That's just over 7 years ago and the last year Sthoee spent in St. Paul's swimming pool. I've got to say; I'm not sure how I've lasted this long.
I'd been swimming in the CRC for a good few years. I was told by my swimming teacher there, that the only natural progression for would be to join a lifesaving club – Sthoee she suggested. My mam took this more seriously than I did myself, and of course it wasn't long before she had me enrolled for the following year.
When I started I didn't hate Sthoee, but I didn't love it either. I had one or two friends who I had a good laugh with. In school I'd never been the most outgoing and yet in Sthoee it was different. At times I'd say it was hard to get me to shut up
I did my pool lifeguard qualification at 16. After finishing it, two of my closer friends left, and I was left in a class with others who I'd rarely talked to, previously, but suddenly became close friends with. Though they've all left Sthoee at this point, I'm still in touch with most of them.
It was last year most of them left. And I remember deliberating myself whether I'd walk away too. Then Michael asked me to go on their new "Survive and Save" instructors course and, after some thought, I decided to say yes.
I'm still here now! I've met more good people and learned more useful skills than I thought I would at the start. I've lost nothing, but gained a lot. And even after all these years I can't really remember why, or when exactly, Sthoee became something I wanted to be part of.
Whatever the reason, I'm glad it happened.
Ireland's search and rescue starts this Sunday at 630
Tune in to see lots of familiar faces and locations
630? Tape it, do not be late
From RTE. ie
RTÉ Cork brings its third Search and Rescue series to the air on Sunday 18 November. Following on from the success of the two Irish Coast Guard helicopter rescue series, Rescue 115 and Rescue 117, Ireland's Search and Rescue is a bigger and bolder project. The year-long production involved approximately 100 cameras which were used by rescue teams across the country to capture the work they do.
The six part series, presented by Claire Byrne, tells the story of Ireland's Search and Rescue across the country, from Kerry to Donegal, Doolin to Dublin, working with all four Irish Coast Guard helicopter bases in Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo as well as RNLI stations and Mountain Rescue teams nationwide. This series also shows the work of Cork City Fire Brigade and volunteer Coast Guard groups like Doolin and Howth.
As well as showing rescue footage, we also profile individual groups and show how many agencies work together in dangerous environments to save lives. Volunteers are a vital part of Search and Rescue across Ireland. Across the country builders, fisherman, nurses, engineers and doctors give up their spare time to organisations like the RNLI, Mountain Rescue and the Irish Coast Guard units.
Its hard to believe 21 years have gone by since I started in Sthoee.
As we look to the future and to the next 21 years its always nice to look back to the years gone by.
Well that's why we take photos to look back at the good times. You can't always point to a defining moment in your life but the day I put my name down to join a lifesaving class was definitely my moment. That Sunday evening and for me was November 10th the second official week of Sthoee was life changing.
Over the years you make many, many friends and for me I met my wife because of Sthoee. Sthoee has changed over the years and indeed for the better but always keeping our values. We have moved from St.Paul's Swimming pool to DCU and we have moved beaches too.
Its nice that we are settled in Claremont Beach with our own facilities there to store our gear. The years of having to carry it with us on the tops of cars and alot of the times on the train although fun you were tired even before you got to use it.
Lifesaving in the pool is great fun and always enjoyable ( or else we wouldn't do it ) but if you ask me and a lot of the others they will remember the Open water stuff.
From Balscadden beach to going out to the Forty Foot in Sandycove to the good times we are having now in Claremont. If you are not going to the Sea you are really missing out.
Lifesaving & Life Support will always be the basis so you can go on and be a Lifeguard and a Trainer. Others have gone that step further and have become Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics.
Joining Sthoee may have been your defining moment in your life and have yet to realise it.
We will go on into the next 21 years with all new AED courses, Training courses and who knows what we will be training people to do in the future.
See you out there
I've been dreading writing this for about a year now, what to put in, what to leave out.
Twenty one years ago, on the 3rd of November, a gang of lifeguards started lifesaving & lifeguard classes, under a nickname that stuck; sthoee. We were told it wouldn't work, every conceivable obstacle was put in our way.
Since then tens of thousands of kids and adults have learned first aid, lifesaving & Lifeguard skills throughout Dublin and elsewhere.
We don't "do" bows but tonight, I would like to break precedent and mention our current crew by name; Ciara, Ciarán, Ciarán eile, Conor, David, Donal, Iarla, John, Keith, Lauren, Laurie, Michéal, Niall, Olivia, Orla, Paul, Peter, Richard, Sam and Simon. Individually good, collectively great.
We could bang on about the numbers, the firsts, the achievements, the accolades, the lives saved but not tonight. Tonight we pause, acknowledge the past, smile and look to the future.
We find ourselves stronger than ever; still reaching for the stars with impossible goals. On this, what should be a weekend of parties we have 9 people on a TA course, activities on the beach and classes running for 3 hours in the pool at every level. Pure class, everything an investment in the future.
And of the founders and the trainers along the way - cheers, we've had so many ups and downs together, we'll raise a glass perhaps a Ballygowan B'. And be straight back to the beach tomorrow at 9am.
still remembered Jane, Carol & Conor; friends taken before their time, still missed. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha dílse
go raibh mile maith agaibh.
p.s. the name still sucks
Beach lifeguard training every Saturday and Sunday till November.
NBLQ, NPLQ, TA, lifeguards, seniors with wetsuits welcome. You don't need to be sthoee, you don't need to be RLSS.
Save the excuses, Save Lives
It's off seasonal, dress for warmth
Lifesaving trainers, first weekend in November, connect at the door or with Orla. (this will intersect with the other trainers courses?)
RLSS survive & save open water trainers Nov 3/4
This is the time to be involved,
at any level, at every level.
Have you your rescue team card yet?
Once you've completed registration you will get your card, Theory restarts this Sunday and you will get your goal for October
Congratulations to the next nine who started their beach lifeguard trainer assessor course, good luck to the crew starting their lifesaver instructor trainer, rookie Lifeguard instructor, and of course our very special vampire course..........
We have a very big volunteer crew, you don't have to teach to volunteer, speak to any crew member or email us.
Digital invites are being issued to loads of sthoee events this week, all will fill, if you didn't get an invite make sure to talk to Orla .
We now have limited availability for new swimmers, contact 086 1595422 or Orla (at) sthoeelifeguardsdublin.com
Want to join? This is new starters week emai orla @sthoeelifeguardsdublin.com or ring/text 0861595422
It's the end of the summer season. Local authority beach lifeguards are racked and packed for their season. Our lifeguard plans are only starting, this week kicks off a season of training bigger than even went have had..... more over the weekend.
DCU locker and car park passes are now available from DCU sport reception for €10 if you want one
Orla will be taking bookings on courses from Sunday
If you have not taken your space yet please be warned its new starters week, if you do not contact before Sunday you may loose your spot!
It is with sadness that we heard of the passing yesterday of John McKenna of SJBLSC
John was a senior RLSS man when we were kicking off two decades ago. Always good for a bit of guidance, never short of a joke, integrity in a place devoid of it.
The crew and rescue team at Sthoee offer our sincere condolences to John's family, you shared him with us over a lifetime, for that we will be eternally grateful.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
Meet Cleo Dublin's only lifeguard dog
Visitors to the beach will be used to see her wearing her bright orange lifejacket, she never hits the water without it
Tuesday 25th – Board meeting On one of the wettest and coldest July evenings in memory we split into two board groups with every board we have wet. A sea of yellow against a grey sky and sea. Hand & paddle skills were worked on. Some impressive noobs on the water
Weather: foul, heavy rain, Tide: low, flat calm Wildlife: light scattering purple jellyfish, dog
Next swims Saturday – Beach Lifeguard (contact your TA) Sunday @7
Just a note, the ski, lovingly known as the ugly one, was formally retired this week(with a sledge hammer). Already tired when it joined us 5 years ago we made a decision that the money and time required for on-going repairs was just too great. Heavy in the water, clumsy to steer, useless for towing, leaked like a sieve, uncomfortable with the hydrodynamics of a cavity block were some of its better points but for all this it was incredibly photogenic. It served its time well and will be replaced at the end of the season by another first in rescue boards in Ireland, something very special - more soon.
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