May 2020 Volume 1


Niamh Booth Club Captain 2020-2021

May  2020  | Greystones, Co. Wicklow

A message from the captain

Hi all! Welcome to Poseidon’s first newsletter. I hope you and your families are well. 

As club captain, I have been asked to put together a newsletter as a way of reaching out to everyone and keeping everyone updated with what’s happening in the club.

So here is our first edition.  This is something we hope will continue with every captain. 

It is really important to the club that we are providing our members with the information they need, so your feedback and suggestions are essential to the success of the newsletter.

Swimming pools are not due to open to the public until Phase 4 of the Government’s reopening schedule. So we still have some time to wait. However we are optimistic that we will be back in the pool come September.

We hope to resume open water training over the summer, but for now just enjoy the lovely weather and keep safe!

| Roundwood, Co. Wicklow |

A message from Clarke Kelly

My name is Clark and I’m a Saturday Rookie. I hope everyone is keeping safe and well during lockdown. I’m loving lockdown because there’s less schoolwork and my brother and sisters are at home to hang out with me.

But there are some things I’m missing and one of them is Rookie! I was really disappointed to miss my first big competition, The Schools in Belvedere College! I also miss John tricking us and winding us up! I miss his jokes and how much fun he makes each lesson. Of course, I miss Jake too, he is so kind to us while making fun of my big sister Amelia and that’s just a bonus!

I am swimming in the river beside our house but it’s not the same as being with my Rookie friends! I really hope to see you all soon!

| Greystones, Co. Wicklow |

A message from Olivia Kinnane

The Survive and Save team have been kept on our toes by our team captain, Niamh Booth. Our team cannot be together at this time, so Niamh created two online events; a Socrative quiz keeping our survive and save knowledge fresh and Scavenger Hunt to create some online fun. It was very entertaining.
| Greystones, Co. Wicklow |

A message from Gina Wall, Club Secretary

In this time, there is less chance of our committee meeting up in person. We continue to coordinate with the coaches. We have bi-weekly Zoom meetings to discuss techniques and planning for future sessions.  We look forward to returning to the pool or beach when available to us. 
| Kilquade, Co. Wicklow |

A message from Karen Kelly, Club Competitions Officer

Unfortunately, as with so many other events during this Pandemic, all Lifesaving competitions are cancelled at present.

The Leinster Schools’ Lifesaving Championships, normally held in February, was postponed due to ongoing renovations of the pool in Belvedere College. This was then cancelled after all pools were closed.

10 Survive and Save club members were due to travel to Sheffield, UK in March for the National Speeds Championships. Although the competition went ahead, Irish Government and HSE advice was against unnecessary travel at that time. So none of the 60+ Irish competitors attended, which was very disappointing after all the training and preparation time put in.

The National Lifesaving Championship Ireland Branch competition, scheduled for 25th April, was also cancelled.

RLSS had hoped to hold the National Lifesaving Championships in Leeds, UK in November 2020. Qualifying Regional competitions are usually held in September. However both of these competitions are also now cancelled as it is unsure when pools will re-open and what restrictions will be in place.

Whilst disappointing for all those wishing to compete, the safety of all has to be of paramount importance.

Other News & Events

400 People Drown Every Year

A Message from John Doyle”

Never have your kids out of reach – highest risk group are kids from 1 to 10 years of age. Vigilance is very important!

Inability to cope – most drownings happen because the person is unable to get themselves out of danger. So again keep you children within reach.

Sea temperatures – are still around 10 degrees so muscles can stop working properly due to over exposure in cold water which leads to inability to cope.

Lack of knowledge of the environment – understand the tides, where the safest place is to swim, what rescue equipment is available and how to use it.


RLSS UK New Online System

How To Update Your Membership

The RLSS UK has updated it software system to a new system called tahdah.

Each member will have to log into this new system and create a new user ID and password. Each members qualifications should be ported to this new system.

Click on the link below to activate your account.


The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) Membership Magazine – Lifesavers is available as an online.

Poseidon Lifesaving Club

Our Ten Year Anniversary

This summer sees the ten year anniversary of Poseidon Lifesaving Club. Due to the current circumstances we have to put celebrations on hold, but hope to reorganise it for the end of the year.

Luckily, still involved in the club are its founding member John Doyle, and some of its original members, Ciara, Dympna, Oscar and Hannah. 

We are looking for your ideas on how we should celebrate this achievement. Any ideas, big or small, are welcome.

Please email them to

New Lifesaving Equipment

CPR Manikins & Practice AED’s

The club recieved a fantastic shipment of new lifesaving equipment just before lockdown. This range of manakins will be a valuable asset to our training program. They  will be a big help in coaching resusitation and will allow more people to practice their CPR skills at the same time. We look forward to putting them to good


All we need now is to be back in the water!

Summer Lifesaving Beach Course

Will it be on?

John is hoping to be in a position to hold the summer Lifesaving Beach Courses, BUT it is all dependant on HSE guidelines.

Watch this space!

Poseidon Raised €4,335 for Lakers 


Update from Luca

Now more than ever did Bray Lakers need the €4,335 raised by the wonderful volunteers of our club. In these unprecedented times when fundraising is a struggle for charitable organisations the money raised by our wonderful club members has never been more important.

The 24 Hour CPR challenge on Feb 22nd was a huge success and the event ran smoothly thanks to the support of family, friends, and the public who came on the day to help, and buy cakes and raffle tickets.

I’m so proud to have been a part of this event and to have had the opportunity to donate this money to an amazing organisation.

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