If like me your old enough to remember this IRISH WATER SAFETY Television campaign from my early boyhood, then you’ll no doubt be aware that the message that our parents thought us then is the same one that parents and teachers,with the help of Irish Water Safety are still teaching children and youth today.
Children and Adults can drown in as little as a foot of water, Thats 30cm or 1/3rd of a metre in todays measurement system.Always stay vigilant around water,especially when children are involved. Whether swimming, boating, or going to rivers, lakes or coastline,everyone should know the basics of water safety.\
As the New Year approaches may we here at BellTime Magazine suggest, as a priority if you haven’t done so already, “LEARN TO SWIM” as soon as you can in2017, its not only great fun,but swimming is a brilliant way to stay fit and healthy. It may also SAVE A LIFE SOME DAY. Colm@BellTime Magazine.
Irish Water Safety offers courses for personal safety and swimming including courses leading to lifeguard certification.The Lifeguard certification you get is internationally recognised,enabling you to work at pools and beaches around the world.
When you take our classes, you learn to help yourself and others if a difficult situation unfolds in water. If you already know how to swim, build on these skills and learn how to save lives, including your own, by taking Irish Water Safety’s Lifesaving courses – you may need these skills to save yourself or a loved one someday
Here’s what one TY Student from cork had to say about his participation in SAFETYZONE.
I had always been a strong swimmer, but had been reluctant to try my hand at lifesaving. My parents had attempted to persuade me to join rookie lifesaving on numerous occasions, but I never felt particularly compelled to go. It took three of my friends to eventually encourage me to go to IWS (Irish Water Safety). The programme is very youth orientated, the majority of instructors are still attending secondary school, however they are under supervision by more experienced instructors.
The first night I underwent a trial of sorts, a small group of hopefuls and I swam lengths the whole night and at the end I learned I had successfully passed into the ‘Rescue 1’ group, where we learned the basics of water safety and how to approach a drowning subject.
I returned enthusiastic the next week, hungry to start learning a valuable new life skill. It was that week that I found out that not only were the lessons a good time to hone my swimming skills and also learn new ones, it was also a good place to socialise with people my own age.
Fortunately my group was mostly TY or fifth year students so I wasn’t out of place. I had always thought that it would be pointless starting at my age, but it wasn’t much of a disadvantage.
There are four rescue stages, only two are necessary to become a pool lifeguard and all four are recommended to become a beach lifeguard. It takes roughly one year to complete each stage, so you have to be quite dedicated to go each week for the entire year.
About halfway through the year, one hour theory classes follow the swimming which train you in CPR and what to do once you have successfully saved someone from the water.
It is a very worthwhile skill to possess, many students in college turn to lifeguarding in pools or beaches as their primary source of income, and so do many students abroad. It opens up a whole new path in life, if you studied French for example in school, you could move to France and be almost guaranteed a job. 91 people drowned in Ireland in 2013 and in the USA around 3500 people drowned unintentionally.
It is an extremely valuable skill to have in life, and an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere to be learning in so I highly recommend it to anyone interested. John LEE 17 Cork
Whether swimming, boating, or going to rivers, lakes or coastline, everyone should know the basics of water safety.
Irish Water Safety offers courses for personal safety and swimming including courses leading to lifeguard certification. The Lifeguard certification you get is internationally recognised, If you already know how to swim, build on these skills and learn how to save lives, including your own, by taking Irish Water Safety’s Lifesaving courses – you may need these skills to save yourself or a loved one someday.
“KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO”…
– train with a recognised trainer via www.safetyzone.ie
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Taking classes with qualified, registered training providers is the best way to safely enjoy our waters.