Limerick City and County Council is responsible for the promotion of water safety and
the prevention of the loss of life by drowning within the boundary of Limerick and on the
rivers and navigation channels. The Council works closely with the local Fire & Rescue
services, Civil Defence units and local Search & Rescue units.
Beach lifeguards will be responsible for the performance of their duties and will
work under the immediate supervision of the Water Safety Officer or their
Beach Lifeguards shall read, be familiar with and adhere to the Safety Statement
for Beachguards; participate in induction training and cooperate with other safety
training provided by the Council as required. Any issues of health and safety
concern shall be referred to the Water Safety Officer, the Executive Engineer –
Coastal or the Health and Safety Officer. The procedure for reporting issues of
concern is set out in the Safety Statement.
All equipment must be checked daily (each morning) to see that it is in working
order and ready for use. Any defects notified should be reported immediately to
the Council. To inspect all lifesaving and first aid equipment on arrival for duty to
ensure that adequate stocks are available and in good working order.
Indication flags should be placed in prominent positions. The following flag
system is to be used:
Red flag signifies that bathing is considered temporarily unsafe.
Red over yellow flag signifies that bathing between any two such flags is
under supervision of Beach Lifeguard.
No flag is flown if there is no Beach Lifeguard on duty.
To ensure that from the start of the duty period that the appropriate flags
are flown and are changed or re-locate as necessary during the day.
To ensure at the conclusion of the duty period each evening that all flags are
removed and that all equipment is checked and securely stored in the
To ensure that except for emergency assistance or official business, no one other
than lifeguard personnel is permitted in the lifeguard station.
Beach Lifeguards must always be courteous to bathers and give them the
necessary information regarding state of tides, currents and parts of strand which
are not safe for bathing.
If, in the Beach Lifeguard’s opinion, bathers are about to enter water at a point
which is considered dangerous owing to currents, shifting sands, etc., they should
immediately warn them and give the reasons.
To provide emergency rescue service in the case of accidents.
Going immediately to the assistance of persons in difficulties in the water and
rendering to such persons the necessary attention; To render first aid when
Where bathers are about to enter water at a point which is considered dangerous
owing to currents, shifting sands etc., they should immediately warn them and
give them reasons. Practice a philosophy of prevention over reaction in carrying
out the service.
If the bathers are acting in an indecent manner, the Beachguard should bring this
fact to the notice of the Garda Siochana at the earliest opportunity.
Rate of Pay:
€552.68 per 37 hour week/ €332.35 per 22¼ hour week
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