Lifesaving as Sport

 

"Sport is an added component of Life Saving, helping lifeguards to challenge themselves to improve and perform. Lifesaving sport was primarily intended to encourage Lifesavers to develop, maintain and improve essential physical and mental skills needed to save lives in the aquatic environment. Lifesaving competitions consist of a variety of competitions to further develop and demonstrate lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation."(ILS website)

 

The sport of Surf Life Saving is a unique and multi-disciplined sport which originated in Australia

 

Irish Water Safety has organised the sport in Ireland since 1946. It has been developed to improve the standard of life guarding in Ireland and assist lifesavers save lives. It then injects a lifesaving skill back into a community and the training is all volunteer based making it a special activity that people want to be involved in and get so much enjoyment from.

 

In 1950, His Excellency President Sean T. O'Ceallaigh presented the President’s Award to IWS for competition between the counties of Ireland and it is competed for every year since then this award is still the premier award associated with the National Championships.

 

County Clare Mens & Women's teams have won this overall National tropphy for the past decade, making us one of the most successful clubs in the history of the sport in Ireland

 

2009 Presidents Cup Winners

The Co Clare team of: Maria Marrinan, Melissa Power, Saorla O’Donovan, Sinéad Mortell and Norma Cahill brought the President’s Cup to Clare again in 2009.

 

Lifesaving has never been stronger in Ireland, especially at the grass roots level. We have thousands of children, teenagers and adults with a particularly growing sector of 8-14 year old Nippers who come through participating in Irish Water Safety Lifesaving classes and competitions. The drop off rate during adolescence is a lot less than in other sports.

Ireland already has an excellent reputation as a competitor on the International stage in lifesaving events with several International awards in both still-water and surf events.

The National Championships are part of Irish Water Safety’s extensive programme to promote water safety in Ireland with a particular focus on the necessary skills required by pool Lifeguards nationwide. The events promote the fitness and readiness for action of the lifesavers and demonstrate Lifeguard water rescues to the public.

 

2009 Nationals Donegal

National championships are now divided into two sections, pool and surf and so far this year, Co Clare competitors of nippers, juniors, seniors and masters have competed very successfully at the National Stillwater Championships in UL in February and at the Nipper Stillwater Championships in Galway in March.

 

Events:

OPEN SURF EVENTS:

  • SURF (swim) RACE
  • CAN BUOY RESCUE RACE
  • BOARD RESCUE RACE
  • TAPLIN RELAY RACE
  • BOARD RACE
  • SURF SKI RACE
  • BEACH FLAGS RACE
  • 90 MTR SPRINT RACE

POOL EVENTS:

 
  • STAGED INCIDENT (SERC)
  • 200m OBSTACLE SWIM
  • 50m MANIKIN CARRY
  • 100m MANIKIN CARRY WITH FINS
  • 100m MANIKIN TOW WITH FINS
  • SUPERLIFESAVER
  • 4X50 MTR MANIKIN RELAY
  • 4X50 MTR MEDLEY RELAY
  • 4X 50MTR OBSTACLE RELAY
  • ROPE THROW 

 

 

 

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