Aughris Water Safety Week is Sunday 19th – 24th July. Enrolment is Saturday 18th July.
Enniscrone Water Safety Week is Sunday 2nd – 8th August. Enrolment is Thursday 30th July 6 – 8 pm at the pier and Saturday 1st August at 8pm at the pier,
You can get details and application forms on the links at the bottom of page.
The cost is €45 for 1 child, €75 for 2 children and €110 euro for 3 or more children from 1 family. If paying by cheque make payable to: Sligo Area Water Safety Committee, please.
Each class get approx. 2 half hour sessions a day, and some safety and rescue levels also have a third half hour session for land drills.
Due to tides, we post the timetable daily on pier and on face book. I have attached the Sunday timetable, but the afternoon is subject to change once we assess the numbers.
Enniscrone – Swim exams are on theThursday morning with IWS certificate awards in the afternoon. Safety and Rescue Exams are on the Friday, we have IWS examiners for these awards and they control the Friday exam timetable. If a Self-Address-Envelope is left with the organisers, when certificates are issued from IWS Headquarters Galway we will post them on otherwise they will be given out the following year.
Children are not required to be able to swim, these courses allows children to get used to the sea, learn the dangers and learn how to swim.
We teach Safety levels 1-4 and only when Safety 4 has been awarded can you move onto Rescue levels.
There is no age prerequisite for Safety levels. Age prerequisite for Rescue 1 is 12, rescue 2 is 13, rescue 3 is 14 and rescue 4 is 15years.
As you may know swimming in open water is totally different than the pool. It really depends on each child’s ability and confidence. If a child can swim, but doesn’t know a particular stroke, they will be taught it.
We believe a child should be put into a lower swim/safety group and the instructor will move a capable swimmer up a level (building confidence) rather than a child being moved down levels….
Children are taught personal safety around water in all levels.
SPLASH is very basic from 4 years, playing ring-a-ring a roses etc. putting face into water, moving around with a float etc.
Swim 1, begins push and glide with a float, regaining feet and putting face in water etc.
Swim 2, 5 mtrs swim on front, 5 mtrs swim on back, ability to turn from front to back and visa vera etc
Swim 3, 10 mtrs front crawl, 10 mtrs back stroke, 5 mtrs inverted breast stroke, skulling etc.
Swim 4, 15 mtrs front crawl, 15 mtrs back stroke, 10 mtrs breast stroke, 10 mtrs rescue stroke, treading water etc.
Swim 5, 25 mtrs front crawl, 25 mtrs back stroke, 25 mtrs breast stroke, 10 mtrs inverted breast stroke, 10 mtrs side stroke, straddle jump, safe entry shallow dive.
Children are not required to wear wet-suits, but as a growing trend all kids seem to have them now!
Kids really enjoy this week and the memory and skills they learn will be with them for life.
Click here to open the enrolment form for Aughris. Click here to open the enrolemnt form for Enniscrone. (one per child please), you can print it and fill it in before the enrolment and bring it with you please.