Life Saving Sport or Surf Life Saving has absolutely nothing to do with surfing as the name might suggest but instead teaches children and adults how to be competent in the ocean, how to safely rescue a person in difficulty and how to master equipment used by Beach and Pool Lifeguards while having lots of fun!
This week three of our extremely talented club members namely Nathan Holding from Clonakilty, Aisling Barry from Dunmanway and Ryan Cotter from Kilmichael are representing Ireland at the European Life Saving Championships which takes place in Belgium.
Nathan has been a member of Cork Surf Life Saving since June 2009. He will participate on the Irish Senior Team where his favourite events are Beach Flags and Beach Sprints. Nathan represented Ireland previously where his best result was 9th in the World Life Saving Championships in the Netherlands in 2016.
Both Ryan and Aisling will participate on the Irish Junior Team. 15 year old Aisling Barry is a ‘late comer’ to the sport having started in June 2015. Aisling’s favourite pool events are the 50m Manikin Carry and the 100m Manikin Carry with Fins while her favourite ocean events are the Taplin Relay and the Rescue Board where she recently won All Ireland Gold at the National Junior Life Saving Championships in Curracloe, Co. Wexford.
16 year old Ryan Cotter from Kilmichael only started life saving sport at the age of 13. His favourite pool events are the 100m Manikin Carry with Fins and the 100m Manikin Tow with Fins while his favourite ocean events are the Ocean Man, the Board Race and the Surf Ski in which he recently won Gold at the National Junior Life Saving Championships in Curracloe.
Life Saving Sport is a multi-disciplined sport which incorporates pool, beach and ocean events. It was introduced to Ireland in 1948 by Irish Water Safety. The sport has developed and grown especially in Cork County where we now have three training centres running and cater to Nippers (aged 7-14), Juniors (aged 14-18), Seniors and Masters (aged 30+). These centres are located at Inchydoney Beach in Clonakilty, Warren Beach in Rosscarbery and Claycastle Beach in Youghal.