Monday, April 29, 2013

May Bank Holiday Weekend


ᴥ no Sunday swim ᴥ unless you're a beach lifeguard ᴥ 
ᴥ crew meet up - Sunday 

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For those not beach lifeguarding this Sunday
check out the sail spree this weekend 
put on by our friends in Howth yacht club

Friday, April 26, 2013

Sailing this Sunday

For those not beach lifeguarding thus Sunday check out the sail spree this weekend put on by our friends in Howth yacht club

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Applications are now invited for our May 2013 Pool Lifeguard Courses (weekends)

NPLQ Unit 8 course, Swimmers aged 16+

This course will fill quickly, for joining information contact;

Pool Lifeguard Course information
ring or text / 0861595422

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Sunday, April 14, 2013


Beach lifeguard courses start this weekend, 
last places available 

Sunday, there will be few days this year as busy and long as today. Lifeguards from two courses were assessed in beach lifeguard, first aid, CPR and rescue, a number of TA were moderated, new rookie instructors started placement.

That on top of ten lifesaving groups active with both water and dry classes.

The volunteer crew were outstanding this weekend with a massive number of crew supporting the trainee TA in the sea, on the land, in the pool. Many thanks to the visiting NTA and Mentor, a pleasure as always.

There are way too many people to acknowledge and thank individually, you know who you are, go raibh míle maith agaibh.  

We do need to acknowledge John on his appointment as a RLSS Beach Lifeguard Trainer Assessor (NBLQ) and also one other thing........

lots of crew and seniors worked their butts off on Sunday and then went on to put a hard evening but when we got to the pool we went to grab some people to sort the gear to find it done. 

Not by crew, not by seniors; by swimmers who saw it wasn't done and just did it 

this is a team journey.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lifeguards back training on Dublin Beaches

Wanna do a lifesaving, AED
or lifeguard course in Dublin?

Busy weekend coming 

Three Lifeguard courses running on top of ten lifesaving courses with 2 full sets of beach lifeguard assessments 

If you do not know where you are supposed to be mail your trainer - any problems mail and we'll sort you 

Free and not involved  - there's plenty of work for volunteers - shout

Applications currently open for Pool Lifeguard, Beach Lifeguard and AED.
Lifesaving will not be recruiting until after May Bank Holiday
when training in public places our lifeguard and lifesaving trainees are not allowed shout for help unless its for real. so it is very normal to hear our people on the beach shouting for ..........

(pizza means help in training)

so help means help - always and pizza means .........
with apologies to our friends in Apache Pizza

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Lifeguards back on the beach

and so it begins..... in blazing sunshine and crystal clear blue skies the first beach lifeguards of the season got wet in Howth today.

Its still cold, so we have winter wetsuits, and the fantastic facilities in the harbour.

gear logging still happening in the background, we are about 50% of the way there, feel free to volunteer time or effort , its an important job.

Two courses running tomorrow, both converging on the beach in the morning under the watchful eye of the latest landmark statue on Howth harbour, Realt na Mara, (star of the sea*).

(*yes the same as Bull wall)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

lifeguard spring clean

Interested in Lifeguard Courses ? 

yes, we are swimming Sunday 7th, normal hours and every Sunday that's not a bank holiday 'till Summer

This week is Lifeguard spring cleaning week - where we go through all the gear, its a slow methodical process where over 200  pieces of gear are checked and double checked to ensure they are fit for purpose for another year

We have many additions this season and the possibility of the retirement of a mannikin

Sthoee does gear well - will need volunteers as well as conscripts  - come early and ready to work.

want to learn to use a data projector?
sessions Sunday at 6.30 and 8.15

Monday, April 1, 2013

Revised beach lifeguard flags 2013

Irish beaches to use new safety flag scheme for beach Lifeguards effective from Summer 2013

The new scheme, replacing the current two flag system, will give increased information to Beach users and is the first change in flag colours in over twenty years

No flag - no lifeguard
Red only - lifeguard on duty general unsafe to swim
Red / Brown - lifeguard on duty, unsafe to swim water quality
Red / Orange - lifeguard on duty, unsafe to swim jellyfish
Red Yellow - lifeguard on duty

At the launch on Dollymount strand today, Minister for the marine, agriculture, language, children and the Islands, Leo Shartner said "we owe it to beach users to be clearer about the no swim flags, the previous 'Red for stop - no means no' was unclear to swimmers". The Minister, also announcing the launch of a pilot for a winter lifeguard service on surf beaches and special events, said Christmas Day Swims are a fundamental part of the fabric of Ireland and that this initiative would greatly enhance the Gathering.

A spokesperson for Sinn Fein critisied the change as unfair to colour blind and sight impaired swimmers who may wish to ignore only some red flags.

> April 1st post - this is not true