2 June 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
While water safety is ultimately a matter for each individual it is reassuring to know that the Cork County Beach Lifeguard Service will come into effect this Saturday, 4th June for the 2016 Season.
The Beach lifeguards will be on patrol at:-
The Warren, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Tragumna, Barleycove, Garrylucas, Garretsown, Garryvoew, Front Strand, Claycastle and Redbarn.
Beach lifeguards will be on duty weekends only throughout June, full time in July, August and the first two weekends in September, from 10.30am to 7pm. You can find out more at the Cork CoCo Beach Lifeguard Service Facebook Page or on twitter at @CorkCoCoBeachLG.
Cork County Council implements a flag system on the beach, and some sections of long beaches are not covered. Make sure you know your Flag! A red flag denotes no swimming, red and yellow flags denote a lifeguard on duty with swimming advised between these and parallel to the shore. Black and white chequered flags denote surfing areas.
Caroline Casey, Cork County Council’s Water and Road Safety Development Officer says‘Summer is here and we want everyone to have a fantastic and fun time on the stunning Cork beaches. I want to see everyone enjoy their day at the beach and would ask people to just keep in mind some simple safety aspects to your day out. Please swim where there is a lifeguard on patrol and within the designated flags. There are lots more tips on the Cork County Council Beach Safety Guide. Have a safe and sunny summer!