Beach Lifeguard Award

Beach Lifeguard Award

The Beach Lifeguard Award is Irish Water Safety certified and is the recognized qualification needed to work as a Beach lifeguard and Surfing instructor in Ireland, It is internationally recognized .

Candidates must be over 16yrs of age and have a good level of swim fitness  (swim 400m – 8min)

National Beach Lifeguard Award Syllabus


Beach Lifeguard Award: March 2018 Course

Pool sessions: Thurs 1st , 8th, 15th, 22nd March  (7.45 – 9.45pm) Aura Youghal

Open Water Training: Mon 26th & Tue 27th March  Ardmore Strand

Exam: Friday 30th March


Beach Lifeguard Award: Halloween Course

This course is an intensive course run over 1 week. Candidates must be at the required fitness to apply for the course – Swim 400m in under 8min and be able to swim a min of 1km

Date & Location: TBC


Beach Lifeguard Re-validation Course:

Date: March 30th (Good Friday)          Location: Ardmore            Time: 9am

The re-vaildation course takes place over 1 day and includes the examination. Candidates will be examined in the open water elements of the Beach Lifeguard Course and also in Basic Life Support & AED. 

Candidates must hold a current Beach Lifeguard award that is due for renewal

Price: €120


Course Trainer:

Ronan O’ Connor our chief instructor teaches all levels of the Irish Water Safety syllabus. Ronan is one of the most experienced instructors in the country and has been teaching and coaching all aspects of lifesaving since 1996.

He has competed for Cork at both national and international level. Ronan also coached the Cork senior and junior lifesaving teams for 6 years. Ronan has coached and guided competitors to become national champions and members of the national squad. Ronan was also a beach lifeguard for 7 years and senior lifeguard on Garrettstown, one of Corks busiest beaches