Photos from Nippers Stillwater Regional competition – Sligo March 2017


Sligo Surf Lifesaving Nippers success at Regionals

A huge congratulations to all the Nippers from Sligo Surf Lifesaving Club who travelled to Castlebar to compete on March 6th.

They did Sligo proud by bringing back a great collection of medals (and having great fun in the process). Well done guys, all that hard work in the pool paid off.

It’s fantastic that so many of you will be heading to the National Championships in Dublin in April.

Thanks to Mum Therese O’Loughlin for taking the photos.

Are you interested in becoming an IWS referee?

Are you interested in becoming a IWS referee-The Sports Commission are pleased to inform you that they are running an International ‘B’ Referee & National ‘C’ Referee – Pool  and Referee Refresher courses this year. The courses will be run by International ‘A’ Referee, Frans Kenis, and take place in The Kilmurry Lodge and University of Limerick swimming pool. Mr. Kenis is a member of the Sports commission ILS and ILSE, Member of the Rule Committee and President of the College of Referees ILSE. This is an excellent opportunity to further develop your skills and to enhance the sporting status of Ireland at International level.

Course: National ‘C’ Referee – Pool – For those who wish to start out on the referee journey.

Venue: The Kilmurry Lodge and University of Limerick Swimming Pool

Date:   Friday, 12th February & Saturday 13th February

Friday – 9am – 6pm

Saturday – Duration of National Still Water Championships


Course:  International ‘B’ Referee – Pool – For those who have completed referee C course and have helped at other competitions

Venue: The Kilmurry Lodge and University of Limerick Swimming Pool

Date:   Friday, 12th February – Sunday 14th February

Friday – 9am – 6pm

Saturday – Duration of National Still Water Championships

Sunday – Duration of National Still Water Championships, followed by written paper.


Cost: €75 per person payable to IWS Head Office

Overnight accommodation and dinner can be booked at the hotel at your own expense.

Course: Referee Refresher Course

Venue: The Kilmurry Lodge

Date: Saturday 13th February 9.45am – 11.45am

The commission will also be running this Referee Refresher course which all previously qualified referees of all levels must attend if they intend to referee at the competitions. There is no charge for this course.

If you wish to participate in the C Referee course or Referee Refreshers Course please email with, your Name, Address, Phone, & County which you are a member with, with the course name in the subject line, by 6pm onFriday 5th February.

If you wish to participate in the International ‘B’ Referee – Pool course, please return a completed application form attached to the Sports Commission,, with International ‘B’ Referee as the subject, no later than 6pm, Friday 5th February.

Aughris and Enniscrone water safety weeks

Aughris and Enniscrone Water Safety Weeks

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 68 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.