Surf Lifesaving is a sport that originated in Australia over one hundred years ago, its primary aim being to offer education and training to the public to reduce drowning accidents and fatalities.
It has evolved into one of the largest sports in the world, and involves various disciplines from swimming, kayaking, running, boating and paddle boarding. Ireland is ranked as one of the best teams in Europe in the sport, having recently finished sixth at the European Championships.
Lifesaving has never been stronger in Ireland, especially at the grass roots level. There are 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.
Sligo has entered senior teams into the National competition on a number of occasions and for the first time entered a full team in the Nipper Beach and pool competitions in 2012/2013. This year we hope to grow the sport here in Sligo and be in a position to enter teams in all age categories in the upcoming National competitions.
Surf Lifesaving Age groups
Nippers: Age 8 – 14 (Age as of 30/08/16)
Juniors: Age 15 – 18 (Age as of 30/08/16)
Seniors: Over the age of 16
Master: Over the age of 30