Water Safety

County Sligo is home to some of the finest beaches in the country, has a number of beautiful lakes and several well used waterways. June 15th to 21st is National Water Safety Awareness week, so Sligo County Council would like to remind everyone to take care when they are enjoying themselves on or close to any of our beaches, lakes and waterways.

Click on the links below for further information:

  1. Mind the kids! (MP3) - 790 kbs
  2. General Water Safety (MP3) - 855 kbs
  3. Safetyzone (MP3) - 860 kbs

For further information on water safety in County Sligo, please contact the Water Safety Development Officer on 071 9111460 or go to the Irish Water Safety (www.IWS.ie) or Sligo Water Safety Websites (www.sligowatersafety.com) for further information on water safety courses.

  Irish Water Summer Safety Tips (PDF) - 1,618 kbs

Safety on the beach is the responsibility of all beach users. During the bathing season (June-September), safety is boosted by the presence of Beach Lifeguards on Enniscrone, Streedagh and Rosses Point beaches and by Beachwardens on Strandhill beach. Due to the ongoing Health and Safety issues, Mullaghmore beach is not be covered by a Beachguard service. In 2011, 12 qualified Beachguards/Wardens will be employed. All Beachguards are fully qualified, holding the Beach Life Guard Award. Beachguards and Wardens will be dressed uniformly for easy identification on the beach and they will be stationed at the Beachguard/Warden hut.  

Beachguards

Beachguards are primarily responsible for the following: 

  • All aspects of water safety on the beach
  • The enforcement of the Beach Bye-Laws 2007

The Beach Lifeguards role on each beach is to advise and provide safety information and to administer first aid treatment in the event of an emergency. Beach staff are also authorised under the Litter Pollution Act 1997 as amended, this means they can issue on-the-spot fines to inpiduals that throw litter, leave waste after them or allow their dogs to foul in public places but do not clean up after them.

Sligo County Council urges all beach users to be vigilant by: 

  • Noting the flag status on the beach. 
    Red flag ~ danger 
    Red-yellow flag ~ beach guard on duty
    No flag ~ no beach guard on duty
  • Reading the safety information on the blue flag beach notice boards. 
  • Not swimming within 1 hour of consuming food. 
  • Not using inflatable/ floatation devices when off shore winds are blowing.

 

Beach Lifeguard cover for the Bathing Season

The following beaches have Beach Lifeguard cover weekends only during June, five weekend days in September, and every day during July and August:

Rosses Point and Enniscrone.

Times: 11.30 – 19.00 

At Enniscrone while the Beach Lifeguards are on duty for the Bathing Season, the entrance barrier to the beach shall only be opened when all available parking space has been used. If the barrier is opened to accommodate the parking of additional vehicles, all vehicles must be off the beach by 6:30 pm and the barrier will be closed by the Beach Lifeguards when they finish at 7pm.   

The following beaches have Beach Lifeguard cover weekends only during July and August:

Streedagh and Dun Moran

Times: 12.30 – 18.30
 

Beachwarden cover for the Bathing Season

The primary role of the Beach Warden is to ensure that the Strandhill Beach Bye-Laws are observed, and to take the appropriate action if the Bye-Laws are contravened.  This includes advising the general public that they should not enter the water (other than those referred to in Section 4(a) of the Bye-Laws)

Beach staff are also authorised under the Litter Pollution Act 1997 as amended, this means they can issue on-the-spot fines to individuals that throw litter, leave waste after them or allow their dogs to foul in public places but do not clean up after them.

Beach Warden will be on duty weekends only during July and August:

Strandhill

Times: 12.30 – 18.30

First Aid treatment, safety information and emergency contact numbers are available from the staff on duty. 

Sligo County Council urges all beach users to consider others by:

  • Keeping your dog under effective control at all times - i.e. on a leash.
  • Clearing up after your pet should it foul on the beach or in a public place.

For your information, you can download a copy of the Beach Bye-laws here:

Bye-Laws Governing the Beaches at Enniscrone, Mullaghmore, Streedagh, Rosses Point, Dunmoran and Aughris, Co. Sligo (PDF) - 52 kbs

Bye-Laws Governing the Beach at Strandhill, Co. Sligo (PDF) - 48 kbs

Report a Missing or Found Lifebuoy

  1. Observe missing lifebuoy
  2. Note the location
  3. Report on www.lifebuoy.com


OR

Report to Sligo County Council

mcmgowan@sligococo.ie  

Ringbuoys.ie - http://www.ringbuoys.ie/