Nippers, Juniors, Seniors and Masters (the over thirties) have all been training hard on Inchydoney Beach since we resumed our outdoor season in June.
This year we were delighted to start Nippers, our youngest age group in a second location in West Cork namely on the Warren Beach in Rosscarbery. Huge credit is due to our volunteer Irish Water Safety Instructors and parents, that every Sunday morning the Warren is full of children aged 7 to 14 learning life saving skills and training with equipment used by beach life guards in their daily work.
Some of these beginner life savers from Rosscarbery along with seasoned competitors from Dunmanway and Clonakilty have recently qualified to compete in the All Ireland Nipper Life Saving Championships which will take place in Curracloe, Co. Wexford on August 26th and 27th.
Cork Surf Life Saving Juniors will also compete this weekend in Wexford with Seniors and Masters having to travel to Co. Donegal for their All Ireland Championships on September 23rd.
We are also delighted to let you know that West Cork will have four competitors on Irish teams that will travel to Belgium for European Life Saving Championships on September 3rd. Aisling Barry and Ryan Cotter from Dunmanway will compete on the Irish Junior team and Nathan Holding and Alex McLoughlin from Clonakilty will compete on the Irish Senior team. These athletes who are multi-talented have to be super fit to excel in this multi-disciplined sport that sees them competing in events as diverse as Beach Flags, Surf Ski, Board Rescue, Rope Throw and Obstacle Relay to mention just a few!
In a few weeks our outdoor season will finish and Cork Water Safety’s Winter Programme will start with water safety classes in West Cork taking place in Clonakilty and Dunmanway Pools. To Book your place or for more information on these classes please contact Hilary (Clonakilty Pool) on 086 3326832 or Mary Teresa (Dunmanway Pool) on 086 1011301.