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Learn To Swim Course and Lifesaving Course 

Here’s some more information about both courses. If you’ve any further questions call to the Swimming, Waterpolo & Lifesaving Club table at Clubs Day 10am-5pm this Tuesday 11th of September or email

All courses are organised by the Swimming, Waterpolo & Lifesaving Club and take place in the pool at the NUIG Kingfisher Gym. You don’t need to be a member of the gym to attend the courses.

Learn To Swim Course

Learn to swim is a program which will for 12 weeks get a non-swimmer to be able to swim in a pool with confidence. By the end of the program most swimmers will be able to swim several lengths in both deep and shallow water. You will also receive a certificate backing your ability presented by the Swim club and NUIG Sports department.

What do we class as a “non-swimmer”?

A non-swimmer ranges from someone who has only ever stood in water to someone who can keep themselves afloat but would like to learn the strokes. We will start at the basics and get everyone to be able to swim a few lengths by the end of the course.

What about people who can already swim?

The first week will be a general course that assesses how well everyone can swim. More competent and confident swimmers will be in a class that focuses on learning more strokes etc. If we find they are beyond everyone in ability after 2-3 weeks we will offer to move them to the Swim Club fitness squad at no extra cost or a refund

How much?

It will cost €75 all together and will run for 12 weeks. This pays for our instructor and other costs that are involved

When is it on?

There will be two 45 minute sessions on Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday 19th of September

7.30pm-8.15pm or (B) 8.15pm-9pm

Can I choose which time I get allocated to? 

Time slots will be allocated randomly for the first week until we gauge everyone’s experience levels and group them together accordingly.

When can I register?

Monday 17th September 2018

  • 1pm – 2pm          Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn or
  • 7pm – 7.30pm    Kingfisher Sports Centre (at the café).

If places remain there will be another registration on Wednesday at 7pm just before the lesson. This is subject to availability and we may book out prior to this so come early. We can take cash or card. If you don’t pay we can’t hold your booking

What do I get for my money?

1 lesson per week for 12 weeks. Lessons consist of 45 minutes of swimming in the Kingfisher pool with a qualified swim teacher. This is the cheapest course you will find for the amount of weeks involved. You don’t need to be a member of the gym to attend.

How many per class?

There will be a maximum of 20 students per class. There will be 2 instructors if the maximum number attends. Some sessions will also have help from our Racing squad so that you get most attention. Our goal is for all our members to be able to swim by the end.

Lifesaving Course

The Lifesaving Course is a course that turns an adequate swimmer into a fully qualified lifeguard in 12 weeks. This condensed course is the cheapest and fastest way to become a qualified lifeguard.

What is an adequate swimmer?

Someone who can swim about 200m without stopping is a good baseline. We recommend joining the Swimming Club second squad at the same time so you can improve your stamina for the course.

How much does it cost?

The average cost of this course is €250 but is subject to change year on year. Price will be known once our instructor has been confirmed.

What do I get?

You will get 15 certifications.

This includes: 4 water safety’s, 3 basic life supports, 2 endurance’s, 4 rescues and 2 pool lifeguards certs. This qualifies you to work as a pool lifeguard anywhere in Ireland.

Who runs the course?

Irish Water Safety runs the course, we help by subsiding it and helping out in any way we can.

When is it on?

Mondays nights starting Monday 17th of September. The instructor will confirm the times

When do I register?

Monday 17th September

  • 1pm – 2pm          Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn or
  • 7pm-7.30pm      Kingfisher Sports Centre (at the café).

We will take names beforehand but the first people to show up with money will take priority. We will take as many in the course as the instructor is comfortable with