Water Safety Classes

Aughris and Enniscrone Water Safety WeeksAughris Swim, Safety and Rescue Water Safety Week beginning Sunday 22nd July 2018 to 27th July, 2018.

Enniscrone Swim, Safety and Rescue Water Safety Week beginning Sunday 5th August 2018 to 10th August, 2018. Enrolment Thursday 2nd August from 6-8pm and Saturday 4th August 8pm at the pier.

Application forms will be uploaded soon.

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 Facebook.

Enniscrone – Swim exams are on the Thursday 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.