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A Lifeguard is like a storm shelter, you may never need it, but if you do it can be a life saver!

Poseidon Lifesaving Club


RLSS UK Aspire Certification

Poseidon Lifesaving Club has been affiliated to the Royal Lifesaving Society UK for the past number of years. The RLSS is a charity that aims to provide communities throughout the UK and Ireland with the education and training to have fun safely around water.

Both the Rookie and Survive & Save lifesaving programmes which Poseidon Lifesaving Club run are developed by the RLSS UK.  All certifications are validated by the RLSS UK and lifesaving certifications are recognised world wide and are considered to be ‘best in class’.

To support clubs in their own development and to meet the industry needs, RLSS UK have created the RLSS UK Club Development Programme (See chart below). This programme aims to deliver free, convenient, practical resources to support clubs while they continue to run a safe, sustainable and successful operation. The RLSS UK Club Development Programme is relevant to all clubs that deliver lifesaving and lifeguarding awards and activities. It crosses all disciplines, helping to embed good practice and to publicly identify which clubs are well-run organisation with high-quality activities.

Over the past year the Poseidon Lifesaving Committee has been working very hard documenting and implementing processes and procedures to help the club run in a safer and more efficient manner. The club has built its processes and procedures using both Swim Ireland and the RLSS UK guidelines and framework.

Poseidon Lifesaving Club has invested heavily in technology developing  an informative and robust website, implemented all required Child Safeguarding legislation, introduced a new swim attendance management system, introduced electronic form transfer between members and the club trying to eliminate the need for hardcopy transfer and is now proactively communicating with its members with the club newsletter on the website, whilst adhering to GDPR guidelines.

The club has also introduced all HSE COVID-19 safety guidelines to protect its members and help reduce the spread of the Corona virus.

The club is very pleased to announce that in May 2020 Poseidon Lifesaving Club was awarded the ‘Aspire’ RLSS UK Club Certification. This award is only given to those lifesaving clubs who demonstrate that they are a strong, safe and sustainable club, that the club has proper governance, adheres to the required legislation and safeguarding compliance requirements and actively communicates with its members and encourage member participation.

By receiving this award Poseidon Lifesaving Club has access to a wide array of RLS UK lifesaving programmes and support services.

Poseidon Lifesaving Club is the first lifesaving club in Ireland to receive this award.

The club is now working towards the ‘Accredited Club’ level.

Message from RLSS UK

Elouise Greenwood RLSS UK Participation Manager

“I can confirm that you are the first club in Ireland to achieve Aspire!, a great achievement. Aspire means you’ve identified your goals, developed a record / action and development plan – tailored to your club, you are assessing your progress and promoting your achievements, you have achieved a recognised success. The programme offers a way to define what success means to your club, to recruit more volunteers, to benefit from resources and, of course, to grow the members / people engaging with your club. It’s about being the club you want to be, the best club you can be.

As we keep moving on, aspire clubs will appear first on club finder, will be the clubs recommended and will be clubs recognised as one of quality and safety.

“RLSS UK would like to congratulate Poseidon Lifesaving Club on achieving the Aspire level of the club development programme.  It’s an fantastic achievement and shows a commitment to quality, safety, and excellence.  As the first club in Ireland to achieve this level, your members should be proud of this progress. Congratulations”

Poseidon Lifesaving Club is Open

The Club has resumed Open Water

training for members. Training will be

operated under the direction of the HSE

COVID-19 Health & Safety guidelines.

Please visit the COVID-19 Information

Page for more detail.

Over 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and drowning is one of the highest cause of accidental deaths in children.

Drowning Prevention Week June 12th – June 19th

Drowning Prevention Week (DPW), this year is running from 12-19 June. The aim of the campaign is to help everybody across the UK and Ireland to #BeALifesaver and take charge of their own destiny to enjoy the water, safely.

Created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK, the campaign is now it’s 7th year and over that time the charity has gained an ever increasing amount of support to educate individuals and families, at a time of the year that is most crucial. Across the UK and Ireland there is a spike in fatal drowning incidents during the summer months. The charity is increasingly concerned this summer as the impact of COVID-19 is far reaching and has resulted in reduced beach lifeguard services and supervised venues.

Water Safety Message from Clark a Rookie Lifesaver

Poseidon Lifesaving Club

Scavenger Hunt

Start Time: Monday May 4th 11am

We will post two clues each day. Each clue will lead you to a Poseidon web page and on the correct page you will find a letter in brackets e.g. (H)

There will be two letters per day, posted by 11am, for eight days. In total you will find sixteen letters. Using the letters you will need to solve the anagram. The first person to solve the puzzle is the winner.

The winner will be announced on Monday May 11th.

Congratulations to Isabella for solving the puzzle 

‘use sample history’

Niamh Booth

New Club Captain

January 2020

Congratulations to Niamh who was appointed Club Captain at the Rookie Gala at the Gelnview Hotel in January 2020.

Poseidon Lifesavers raise €4,000 for Bray Lakers

On the 22nd of February 2020 our lifesaving volunteers hosted a 24 hour CPR event in the Lakers building in Bray.

This wonderful charity enables children and adults with an intellectual disability develop their personal skills and self esteem in a fun, supportive and inclusive enviornment.

All donations and monies recieved were given directly to the Lakers.

In total, the club raised a staggering €4,000.

Rookie Gala

January 2020

Glenview Hotel


What a wonderful turnout we had for our 2020 Rookie Gala in the Glenview Hotel. There was lots of swimming fun and awards.

Congratulations to all the competition winners.

A big thank you to Jake who is the clubs’ outgoing captain and a fantastic welcome to Niamh who was crowned the clubs 2020 captian.

Distinction Medal

November 2019

The first Distinction medal within the Poseidon Club was presented by John Doyle to Niamh Booth. Niamh received this medal as she is the first person in the Club to achieve gold awards in Medallion, Beach and Sport. Congrats Niamh!

National Lifesaving Championships

NAC September 28th 2019

Well done to all Poseidon Lifesaving Club members who participated in the competition.

With over 100 competitors the standards of skill and stamana were like never before.

The fantastic improvements made by Poseidon Lifesaving Club were realised by the number of medals won. 

Poseidon Lifesaving Club Summer BBQ September 1st 2019

The first club summer BBQ was held on Sunday September 1st 2019 in Lady’s Cove Greystones. It was a great opportunity for the younger ‘Rookie Lifesavers’ to meet with the older ‘Survive & Save Lifesavers’. 

A fun day was had by all as the sun shone, the Lifesavers splashed and the parents chatted.

Looking forward to next years BBQ already!

Mountbatton/Paddy O'Byrne/Irene McCullough Open Water SERC Competitionand All Ireland Surf Lifesaving Championships 31st August 2019

Swimmers from all over Ireland are invited to compete in this Open Water & Surf Lifesaving Competition. The competition is designed to test the land and water skills of the Lifesafers as they compete as indiviuuals as well as in various team events. The main competition, Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) is an aquatic emergency situation presented to teams of three competitors. They have three minutes to respond to a situation involving rescue, resucitation, first aid and aftercare.

Congratulations to St. J. Berchmans who won 1st place in the SERC event with Poseidon Lifesaving Club coming 2nd second and St. J. Berchmans 3rd.

2019 Beach Summer Camp 

RLSS UK Certified Beach Lifesaving Programme

RLSS UK Certified Survive & Save Beach Lifesaving Course.

Poseidon Lifesaving Club offers swimmers from all over the country to take part in a packed week of Beach lifesaving activities.

Part of the RLSS UK ‘Survive & Save’ Programme this five day course is aimed at developing and improving the swimmers lifesaving practical skills as well as lifesaving theory and incident practice. 

April 2019 RLSS Ireland AGM

Poseidon Lifesaving Club Chairperson Freda O’Kelly accepting the Ken McCullagh Trophy on behalf of the club for the highest percentage increase in the number of Survive & Save awards in the past year. A fantastic achievement by all.


May 2019 Bondi Rescue Comes To Greystones

Trent Maxwell (Maxi) from the award winning Australian Series, Bondi Rescue, came to Greystones to give young lifesavers a Masterclass in beach rescue. Despite the water temperature being a little different to what Maxi was used to, he braved the Irish Sea to demonstrate and coach our young lifesavers.

And how a change in thought can lead to a change in life !

“The day is what you make it! So why not make it a great one?”

Steve Schulte