CORK’S first Beach Lifeguard Academy has been launched by Cork County Council.
The aim of the academy is to bolster the numbers of lifeguard recruits for beaches across the county.
The academy is an initiative of Cork County Council’s Water Safety office, in conjunction with Midleton College.
Students will have the opportunity to visit and meet lifeguard teams on duty throughout the season.
Chairman of Water Safety Ireland, Martin O’Sullivan, commended the initiative and all involved, saying: “Beach lifeguards make our beaches safe and Water Safety Ireland appeals to the public to swim at lifeguarded beaches.”
County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy also praised the project, describing it as “a very positive step for water safety.
“Cork County Council’s beach lifeguard services manage 13 beach guard stations along the Cork coast and they are providing an invaluable service and play a significant role in our safe enjoyment of our wonderful beaches.
“The Beach Lifeguard Academy is a wonderful initiative and I look forward to seeing other schools coming onboard in the near future.”
Water safety officer Caroline Casey outlined the benefits of the new initiative.
“The academy provides an excellent experience for the students, affording them the opportunity to learn invaluable life-long skills and work-shadowing opportunities on our beaches. They will qualify to apply to compete for the much sought-after summer positions at our coastal beach-guard stations.
“This is a well-paid post and the experience of working in a team, communicating with the public, participating in educational initiatives and keeping our beach users as safe as possible gives the students a great grounding in the workforce and is great for the CV too.”
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