Cork lifeguards carried out nine rescues last year

Cork lifeguards carried out nine rescues last year
Thirteen Cork beaches are covered by lifeguards each summer. Picture: Des Barry.

CORK County Council is recruiting lifeguards to man 13 stations from June to September.

The positions are full-time during July and August with training provided.

Last year, the Council’s Beach Lifeguard Service provided nine rescues and first aid to almost 400 and prevented over 7,000 accidents.

The annual beach lifeguard service runs from June to mid-September every year. Stations are manned full-time during the months of July and August with weekends covered for the remainder of the summer season.

There are four lifeguard stations in East Cork at Front Strand, Claycastle, Redbarn and Garryvoe.

Seven are located in West Cork at Fountainstown, Incheydoney East and West, Owenhincha, The Warren, Tragumna and Barleycove.

In the Kinsale area, beaches at Garretstown and Garrylucas are manned.

Lifeguards will learn and collaborate continually with other water safety organisations including Cork Water Safety, the RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard to ensure the highest standards of water safety. 

Successful applicants will be tasked with partaking in safety initiatives including water safety education visits to schools and Council run kids camps held on beaches.

Mayor of the County of Cork Declan Hurley is encouraging anyone who is interested to submit their application.

“This is a great summer job for anyone who is interested in people, safety and being part of a responsible team.  For personal development and CV experience, being a member of the Council’s Beach Lifeguard Service provides a great stepping stone,” he said.

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