Beach lifeguard Academy

On Tuesday 7th May, Cork County Council in partnership with Midleton College and Water Safety Ireland launched the first Beach Lifeguard Academy ?‍♀️

The aim of this Academy is to train dedicated and specifically trained personnel to apply for Cork County Council’s Beach Lifeguard Service ?‍♂️To continue to provide the invaluable service offered on the beautiful beaches of County Cork ?

Students strive to achieve the National Beach Lifeguard Award from Water Safety Ireland ?‍??‍?

The Academy is an initiative of Cork County Council’s Water Safety office spearheaded by Water Safety Officer, Caroline Casey, and facilitated by Beach Lifeguard Tutor, Graham Kerr. Students of the Beachguard Academy will have the opportunity to visit and meet with a number of the lifeguard teams on duty throughout the season ??

Martin O’ Sullivan, Chairman of Water Safety Ireland was on hand at the launch event to speak to the trainee beach lifeguards. Mr O’Sullivan commended the initiative and all involved, noting that “Beach lifeguards make our beaches safe and Water Safety Ireland appeals to the public to swim at lifeguarded beaches.”

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, also praised the project describing it as “a very positive step for water safety. Cork County Councils beach lifeguard services manage thirteen beaches along the Cork coast and they are providing an invaluable service and play a significant role in our safe enjoyment of our wonderful beaches. The Beach Lifeguard Academy is a wonderful initiative and I look forward to seeing other schools coming onboard in the near future” ??

Caroline Casey, Water Safety Officer with Cork County Council, praised Midleton College’s involvement “We are very grateful to Midleton College for working in partnership with Cork County Council to get this new initiative off the ground. I would encourage post primary schools interested in working with Cork County Council to get in touch. The academy provides an excellent experience for the students, affording them the opportunity to learn invaluable life-long skills and work-shadowing opportunities on our beaches. They will qualify to apply to compete for the much sought after summer positions at our coastal beach-guard stations. This is a well paid post and the experience of working in a team, communicating with the public, participating in educational initiatives & keeping our beach users as safe as possible gives the students a great grounding in the workforce and is great for the C.V. too!”

The Council covers most of the fees, with schools facing a nominal fee for the exam. Schools interested in the 2019/2020 academy term should register their interest by emailing We have availability for 3 schools in the 2019/2020 school term so don’t delay, register your school’s interest today.

For more information on the Beachguard Academy please contact Cork County Councils Water Safety Officer

Pictured are Transition Year Students and future Beach Lifeguards; Principal of Midleton College, Dr. Gash; PE Teacher and TY Coordinator, Mr. Nugent; Chairman of Water Safety Ireland, Martin O’Sullivan; Water Safety Development Officer for Cork County, Caroline Casey; and Water Safety Assistant, Graham Kerr.