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Swim Ireland Releases Details of New Open Water Classes Around the Coast

7th August 2022
The open water skills programme is for experienced swimmers who want to improve their technique, skills and stamina in open water
he 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 coast, will begin in the next two weeks, it says. It says there is still time to book places in east, west and south locations.

The locations include Wicklow (adults and children), Arklow, Courtown, Rosslare, Dunmore East and Tramore on the Wicklow, Wexford and Waterford coasts.

Fountainstown, Inniscarra, Garryvoe, and Kinsale will offer classes in Cork, and there are programmes in Belmullet, Co Mayo, Enniscrone, Co Sligo and a children’s programme in Salthill, Co Galway.

It says that Dippers to Swimmers is a new programme for 2022, that is designed to appeal to those that don't have the ability or confidence to participate in our Beach to Buoy programme.

“This programme will bring the swimmer back to basics and will strive to bring the swimmer from a casual dipper to one who can swim 50 metres comfortably, “ it says.

Beach to Buoy is for those who want to swim to that first buoy, and participants should be able to swim 50m, with a goal of completing 700m at the end of the programme.

Sessions are 45 minutes long. Wetsuits are recommended but not essential, and all participants must have a tow float, it says.

The open water skills programme is for experienced swimmers who want to improve their technique, skills and stamina in open water.

Participants should be able to swim 700m already with a view to building distance in a safe and encouraging environment. Sessions are 45 minutes long.

The yoga and dip is a “wellness and holistic programme, guided by a qualified yoga instructor for 45 minutes followed by a dip in the open water”, it says.

Swim Ireland gives the following link to click and book a place.

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Lorna Siggins

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Search and Rescue: True stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116 (2022); Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004); and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010). She is also co-producer with Sarah Blake of the Doc on One "Miracle in Galway Bay" which recently won a Celtic Media Award

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