Lifesaving Courses

Lifesaving Courses in Ireland

These courses are designed for people who are not working directly as lifeguards, but who are working in the leisure industry, or working near the water.

Emergency Response – Activity Supervisors

Designed for those supervising programmed activities at open water locations including Canoe instructors, sailing instructors and Outward Bound Leaders.
who should attend?Anyone who supervises activities in an open water environment. This course should be considered essential for activities in open water where no lifeguard is available or where the nature of the activities could pose a higher risk of drowning or injuries.

what will they learn?
Students gain basic skills and knowledge to deal with emergencies that may occur at an open water area. They will gain confidence to use these skills through practical application on themselves, manikins and in the sea.

Course Content

• Accident prevention and group safety
• Risk assessments and control measures
• Standard Operating Procedures
• Currents and weather conditions
• Casualty identification
• Principles and methods of rescue
• First Aid
• Land based and wading rescue
• Use of rescue equipment
• Contact rescue
• Rescue and treatment of an unconscious casualty
• Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (adults and children)
• Use of pocket mask
• 2-operator-CPR
• Spinal Cord Injury Management
Course duration
3 days in total, 8 hours per day; 3rd day is assessment day.

Continuous assessment during the course plus a final independent assessment (practical and oral) where candidates must show competence in applying skills promptly, safely and effectively. There is no written exam.

Certificate and Validity
Internationally recognised Emergency Response Certificate (Activity Supervisors) from Royal Life Saving Society UK, valid for 2 years.

Entry requirement
Participants should have Basic English skills and good swimming abilities in open water. They must be able to swim continuously 50m on their front and 50m on their back without any support. They should provide evidence of open water experience, e.g. Open water lifesaving/lifeguard award or endorsement from the outdoor activity organiser.

* Delivered under license – Royal Life Saving Society – United Kingdom
Emergency Response – Open Water
Working safely near water – a training programme, covering the basic skills of land based rescues and the use of rescue aids. It is designed for those working within or near a watery location where they may be called upon to carry out a rescue and can be given training suitable for their working environment. Ideal for Park keepers, gardeners, water bailiffs, marina workers and port authority workers.

Emergency Response – Swimming Pool
This programme provides a certificate in water rescue competence for staff working in a facility where there is a swimming pool but no direct pool side supervision. It is also useful for ancillary staff.

Rookie Lifeguard – Junior Lifesaving Courses

Junior programmes offer awards for 8-16 yrs old.
The programmes cover water safety, self-rescue, rescue and emergency response. The awards allow students to pace themselves, gain badges and certificates and progress through the various programmes.

Lifesaving 1, 2 and 3

These awards introduce the basic skills for lifesaving and is good preparation for those considering Bronze Medallion.
These awards also cover the GCSE Swimming requirements for PE as well as the Bronze level for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Assistant Beach Lifeguard 12 yrs+

This award is for those that wish to develop beach lifeguard skills and offers introductory training (This is NOT a lifeguard qualification).

Bronze Medallion
Recognised as the flagship award for lifesaving. Assists in developing fitness, knowledge, skill and judgement. The candidate pack contains all the resources for the Bronze Medallion and Lifesupport training. The successful candidate receives a medallion and certificate

Award of Merit

This is a progression from the Bronze Medallion and requires a proficient level of knowledge, understanding and practical ability. The successful candidate receives a medallion and woven badge.


This is a progression from Award of Merit and requires an excellent level of knowledge, understanding and practical ability.
The successful candidate receives a woven badge and certificate

National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches
Endorsed by the DfES, the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management and the Amateur Swimming Association this course teaches practical lifesaving skills that may be needed by anyone teaching or coaching swimming or other programmed activity in a pool.

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