2015 Registration open (Junior, Seniors & Masters)

2015 Registration open

Dear Junior/ Seniors and Masters,

Registration is now available for the Junior/ Senior and Master events on eventbrite.

Please follow the link for registration page: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/sligo-surf-lifesaving-still-water-2015-registration-tickets-15130423504

Registration is strictly limited to and available only for those members who are eligible to compete at Junior (15 -18 years), Senior (16+ years) and Masters level (30+ years).

Please note that some members will be eligible to compete in both Junior and Senior or both Senior and Masters and we would encourage members to compete at both levels if eligible.

Registration will close on Saturday 10th January 2015 with first training session to commence on Monday 12th January 2015.

Whilst we would encourage participants to attend the arranged training sessions, we appreciate that this may not be possible and so we have provided for those members who may wish to compete at the competition however cannot make the training sessions.

We hope to see as many of our Junior/ Senior and Masters members compete at the competition. Don’t forget that if you have ambition to make the national squad then it is necessary to compete in both the stillwater and open water competitions to accumulate the necessary points to qualify for the national squad.

Sligo Surflifesaving was privileged to have two of its’ members, Joseph Mooney and Matt McGarrigle represent Ireland at the World Championships in France over the summer and we would hope to have more of our members achieve qualification for the national squad to represent Ireland and Sligo Surflifesaving at international level.

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National Stillwater Competition 2015 – Juniors/Seniors & Masters

Stillwater Competition 2015 details announced

Happy Christmas and New Year to one and all of our members.

Irish Water Safety (IWS) have confirmed the dates for the Stillwater Competition for 2015 as 14th February 2015- Venue University of Limerick.

Sligo Surflifesaving competitor and experienced lifeguard, Shane O’Doherty has kindly committed to overseeing the training sessions for the Junior/ Senior and Master Sessions for the upcoming competition.

Shane has arranged 5 training sessions to commence on Monday 12th January 2015 running for 5 weeks each Monday to the 9th February 2015, inclusive. Training sessions are to be held in the Regional Sports Complex and will run from 9:50 p.m. (Sharp!) to 10:50 p.m.

Please note that any organised training sessions will not provide swimming lessons and will focus exclusively on specific IWS stillwater competition skills only.

On – line registration will be available on the week commencing the 5th January 2015 and will remain open for a limited period so please check in here on the website or on our Facebook page for updates.
The cost of entry will stand at €20.00 per entrant which will cover pool hire and entry into the competition.

It is necessary that all competitors entering the competitions hold a white Sligo Surflifesaving hat. If you do not have one or have lost it, hats are available at a cost of €5.00.

See below for a breakdown of events for information purposes:

Breakdown of Events:

Junior Events Pool ­ Still Water

An explanation of the different events

1. 50 m Manikin Carry
The competitor swims 40 m freestyle and then dives to recover a submerged manikin. The
competitor then carries the manikin to the finish edge of the pool. (less than 10m)

2. 100 m Manikin Carry with Fins
The competitor swims 75 m freestyle wearing fins and then dives to recover a submerged
manikin to the surface. The competitor carries the manikin to the finish edge of the pool.

3. 100 m Manikin Tow with Fins
The competitor swims 50 m freestyle with fins and rescue tube. After touching the turning
edge, the competitor fixes the rescue tube around a manikin floating at the surface at the
edge and tows it to the finish.

4. 200 m Super Lifesaver
The competitor swims 85 m freestyle and then dives to recover a submerged manikin. The
competitor surfaces the manikin within 5 m of the pick­up line and carries it to the turning
edge. After touching the wall the competitor releases the manikin. In the water, the
competitor dons fins and rescue tube within 5 m of the turning edge and swims 50 m
freestyle. After touching the wall the competitor fixes the rescue tube around a floating
manikin within 5 m of the turning edge and tows it to touch the finish edge of the pool.

5. Line Throw
In this timed event, the competitor throws an unweighted line to a fellow team member
located in the water approximately 12.5m distant and pulls this “victim” back to the poolside.

6. 4x25m Manikin Relay will be done with half full manikins
Four competitors in turn carry a manikin approximately 25 m each.
4×50 m Medley Relay( same as seniors)
The first competitor swims 50 m freestyle without fins. The second competitor swims 50 m
freestyle with fins. The third competitor swims 50 m freestyle pulling a rescue tube and after
having touched the wall, passes the harness of the rescue tube to a fourth competitor who
wears fins. The third competitor, playing the role of “victim,” holds the rescue tube with both
hands, while being towed 50 m by the fourth competitor to the finish.

Senior/Masters Events Pool ­ Still Water

1. 50 m Manikin Carry
The competitor swims 25 m freestyle and then dives to recover a submerged manikin to the surface within 5 m of the pick­up line. The competitor then carries the manikin to the finish edge of the pool.

2.100 m Rescue Medley
The competitor swims 50 m freestyle to turn, dive, and swim underwater to a submerged manikin
located at a distance of 17.5m. The competitor surfaces the manikin within the 5 m pick­up line, and then carries it the remaining distance to the finish edge of the pool.

3. 100 m Manikin Carry with Fins
The competitor swims 50 m freestyle wearing fins and then dives to recover a submerged manikin to the surface within 10 m of the turning edge. The competitor carries the manikin to the finish edge of the pool.

4. 100 m Manikin Tow with Fins
The competitor swims 50 m freestyle with fins and rescue tube. After touching the turning edge, the competitor fixes the rescue tube around a manikin floating at the surface at the edge and tows it to the finish.

5. 200 m Super Lifesaver
The competitor swims 75 m freestyle and then dives to recover a submerged manikin. The
competitor surfaces the manikin within 5 m of the pick­up line and carries it to the turning
edge. After touching the wall the competitor releases the
manikin. In the water, the competitor dons fins and rescue tube and swims 50 m freestyle.
After touching the wall the competitor fixes the rescue tube around a floating manikin
within 5 m of the turning edge and tows it to touch the finish edge of the pool.

6. Line Throw
In this timed event, the competitor throws an unweighted line to a fellow team member located in the water approximately 12.5m distant and pulls this “victim” back to the poolside.

7. 4x25m Manikin Relay
Four competitors in turn carry a manikin approximately 25 m each.

8. 4×50 m Medley Relay
The first competitor swims 50 m freestyle without fins. The second competitor swims 50 m freestyle with fins. The third competitor swims 50 m freestyle pulling a rescue tube and after touching the wall, passes the harness of the rescue tube to a fourth competitor who wears fins. The third competitor, playing the role of “victim,” holds the rescue tube with both hands, while being towed 50 m by the fourth competitor to the finish.

Important – Surf Lifesaving National Event

Did you qualify for the Nationals in Kilkee? With the dust settling after the Regionals, it is time to focus towards the Nationals which are just around the corner and scheduled to run on the 30th August 2014 in Kilkee, County Clare. We are privileged to have so many of our Nipper members qualify for the Nationals and following our success at the Regionals we hope to have a strong showing at the National event.

Please see the list of all Sligo members who have qualified in the various events. Those Nipper members listed shall be automatically entered into the relevant events for which they have qualified at National level.

Please check to confirm for what events you may have qualified for at the Nationals.

It is imperative that you confirm to the Nipper Committee whether or not you will be travelling to the National event to compete no later that this coming Friday 15th August 2014. In the event that you have qualified for the Nationals but will not be competing then your spot will be made available to the next qualifying competitor in the particular event. Therefore, it is important to let the club know if you do not intend to travel and compete so as to ensure that the next qualifying competitor has the opportunity to compete at the Nationals.

Training shall run as normal on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Rosses Point for all Nipper members regardless of whether they have qualified for Nationals or not and we look forward to seeing you at the next training session.

Connacht Ulster Regional Nippers Competition – Sligo 2014

Sligo were proud to host the Connacht Ulster Regionals Nipper Competition yesterday in Rosses Point Sligo. Well done to the Donegal and Mayo team who travelled to Sligo in great numbers and provided stern competition. Congratulations to the Sligo team who were the overall winners and we look forward to sending a strong contingent to the Nationals in Clare later in the month.

Thanks to all who were involved in running yesterday’s competition.

 

Enniscrone Water Safety Week

Enniscrone Water Safety Week begins the FIRST Sunday in AUGUST.

The enrolment is on the Saturday 2nd at 8pm at the pier, you can get details on the website or Irish Water Safety Sligo Facebook page.

Cost

The cost is €45 for 1 child,  €60 for 2 children and €80 for 3 or more children from 1 family.   If paying by cheque, make payable to: Sligo Area Water Safety Committee, please.

Classes

Each class get 2 half hour sessions a day, and  safety and rescue levels  have a third half hour session for land drills.

Due to tides, we post the timetable daily on pier and on Facebook.  You will get the Sunday times the evening of registration.

Swim exams are on the Thursday morning usually with IWS certificate awards in the afternoon at the pier.

Safety and Rescue Exams are on the Friday, we have IWS examiners for these awards and they control the Friday exam timetable, these IWS certificates are presented the following year.   If a Self-Address-Envelope is left with the organisers, when certificates are issued from IWS Headquarters Galway we will post them on.

Irish Water Safety

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.

As you may know swimming in open water is totally different than the pool, with this in mind we find that a pool level should be moved down one or two levels for open water. It really depends on each child’s ability and confidence.

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.

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 years, rescue 2 is 13 years, rescue 3 is 14 years and rescue 4 is 15 years.

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 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!

 Documentation

2014 fundraising draw

Sligo Water Safety Surf Lifesaving Fundraising draw for 2014

Update : We need all fundraising cards back by Wednesday August 6th 6pm at the latest please. Please bring them to the clubhouse before the Nippers training session at Rosses Point beach.

Sligo Water Safety officially launched its fundraising draw for Surf Lifesaving this week. All funds will go towards the purchase of a trailer for carrying the clubs paddle boards and ski’s.

Prizes up for grabs include a number of hampers, Oakley sunglasses worth €150, 2 x €50 vouchers for Call of the Wild and voucher for Voya Seaweed baths, Sligo Cryo Spa, Dorothy Perkins and Shells Cafe.

We would like to thank all those members who contributed items to the hampers and the businesses who generously offered prizes, including McPartlan Opticians, Call of the Wild, Dorothy Perkins, Sligo Cryo Spa and VOYA.

To enter, get in contact with one of the members who have fundraising cards. Each line is €2, 3 lines for €5 or a full card of 20 lines for €30. Contact us via our facebook page or our email if you would like to sell a card.

The Draw will take place on the 9th August.