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The open water skills programme is for experienced swimmers who want to improve their technique, skills and stamina in open water
Dippers to Swimmers, Beach to Buoy, open water skills and yoga and dip are among Swim Ireland’s tuition programmes for its summer season. The 45-minute classes, which will run for four or six weeks depending on location around the Irish…
Galway City Council has imposed a ban on swimming at two beaches due to E.coli contamination. The bacterial contamination was detected during tests at Grattan beach in Lower Salthill and Ballyloughane beach on the city's east side near Renmore. The…
Crosshaven RNLI at roches Point in Cork Harbour
Shortly after launching on exercise this evening, Valentia Coast Guard tasked the volunteer RNLI crew at 7.15 pm to proceed to Ringabella Bay, where two people who had been cut off by the tide attempted to swim across the bay…
Sea swimmers at the Forty Foot on Dublin Bay
Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have initiated a study to determine if open water swimming has an impact on depression. The researchers are seeking people in Britain to take part in the randomised control trial, where some participants will…
Over 150 sea swimmers took to the water at Rinville, Oranmore for the Atlantic Lifeboat Swim
The Atlantic Life Boat Swim fundraiser raised over €5,000 last Saturday (July 23rd). Held at Rinville, Oranmore on Galway Bay, over 150 sea swimmers braved the bad weather for the annual event held in aid of Galway RNLI Lifeboat and…
Round Ireland swimmer and Water Safety Ambassador Henry O'Donnell Goes Blue for World Drowning Prevention Day
Sporting blue hair, painted blue eyelids and a blue wave painted on his chest, Water Safety Ireland ambassador Henry O’Donnell took to the Donegal coastline to issue a safety appeal on World Drowning Prevention day. The former Army Ranger, lifeguard,…
Galway RNLI lifeboat
Galway RNLI rescued six people who got into difficulty in the sea off Rabbit Island on Monday evening (18 July). The group who had walked over to the island at low tide became stranded by the incoming tide and were attempting…
Jessika Robson, centre, won the Seaside Revival Pickie to Pier Swim in Bangor, County Down, for the second year in a row with a time of 9 minutes 15 seconds over the 800m course. Her sister Holly (left) took second place with Sian Clements (right) finishing third.
From Skippingstone Beach on the west side of Bangor Bay on Belfast Lough to the RNLI slipway in the Harbour is 800 metres and last week 200 swimmers raced that distance in the swim called the 'Pickie to Pier' named…
Spectators at the finish of the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West at Blackrock in 2012
Swimmers transiting Galway Bay and tight rope walking across the city’s Claddagh basin will make for busy activity on Galway’s waterways today (Sat July 16) during the hot weather spell. A total of 130 swimmers have registered to cross the…
The RNLI’s water safety team with swimmers at Baginbun
As the summer season begins, Fethard RNLI’s new volunteer water safety officer Rebecca Doyle commenced her role by organising a swim safely clinic. Local swim group Hooked on Swimming and the local triathlon club attended the clinic, which was provided…
The River Corrib Longest Day Swim route. The swim returns to Co Galway on July 2, 2022
The “Longest Day Swim” on Galway’s river Corrib takes place this Saturday after a two–year break due to Covid-19. North American Olympic gold medallist Joseph “Gunnar” Bentz has been invited to lead the event on July 2nd. Bentz won two…
Launching the RNLI inshore lifeboat at Red Bay in Cushendall, County Antrim
Volunteers at Red Bay RNLI saved a swimmer on Monday evening (13 June) after she got into difficulty 200m from the shore at Cushendall in County Antrim. The inshore lifeboat helmed by Emmet Connon and with three crew members onboard,…
A video grab from Wicklow RNLI lifeboat of the Coastguard's Rescue 116 helicopter winching a stranded swimmer to safety at Silver Strand
Both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats were launched after 09:45 am this morning (Saturday 4 June), following reports of a missing swimmer at Silver Stand beach. The alarm was raised after the wife of the swimmer became concerned for his safety and…
The Swimming A Long Way Together project planned by Daws involves events across the island, with “live, immersive, multi-disciplinary events” and exhibitions in Dublin, Cork, Donaghadee and Galway
Pioneering sea swimmer Mercedes Gleitze was the first British woman to cross the English Channel and first to navigate the Straits of Gibraltar. On August 3rd, 1931, Gleitze swam from the Aran island of Inis Meáin to Awleen bay in…
The Youghal Swim Fest in County Cork takes place on July 10
The Fingal Swim Fest on north Dublin’s Donabate/Portrane peninsula and Mayo’s River Moy Swim are among events taking place in June for Swim Ireland’s new open water programme. The Enniscrone Pier swim in Sligo on July 3rd, Youghal Swim Fest…
Guy O’Leary is swimming a mile each day during the month of May
Dublin Bay sailor Guy O’Leary is back in the water and challenging himself again to swim a mile each day during the month of May in aid of cancer research. Each day of the MileADayInMay! swimming challenge will see Guy…

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