Surf Lifesaving

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

Still Water
The Provincial Nippers Still Water Championships will take place in Castlebar swimming pool, Co. Mayo on Sunday March 6th 2016. Warm up at 11am, competition will start 11:30am.
For those Nippers that qualify from the Provincials, the National Nippers Still Water Championships will take place in Tallaght Leisure Complex, Dublin on Saturday April 2nd 2016. Warm up at 12pm, competition will start 12:30pm.
Open Water
The Provincial Nippers Surf Championships will take place in Co. Mayo on Saturday August 20th 2016.
For those Nippers that qualify from the Provincials, the National Nippers Surf Championships will take place in Rossnowlogh, Co. Donegal on Saturday August 27th 2016.
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