How to become a Lifeguard in Cork?

15 February 2018
By Elaine Murphy

Applications open for Cork County Council’s Beach lifeguard service

Are you interested in joining Cork County Council’s Beach Lifeguard Service? The Council are currently recruiting for enthusiastic and diligent applicants to patrol Cork’s 13 Beachguard stations. The position offers a superb opportunity to be part of a service which plays a very real and significant feature of enjoying Cork’s beaches.

The annual beach lifeguard service runs from June to mid September every year, operating during the weekends in June and September and fulltime during the months of July and August.

Last year, the Council’s Beach Lifeguard Service provided nine rescues, first aid to almost four hundred and prevented over seven thousand accidents. Prevention is the main focus of the service, with continual learning and collaboration with organisations including Cork Water Safety, the RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard ensuring the highest of standards is sustained throughout the service.

A day out at Fountainstown Beach

There are a variety of safety initiatives that the beach lifeguards assist with, including water safety education visits to Cork schools and Council Cub Camps held on the beaches. Cork County Council has also established Junior Water Safety Officers through County Cork Schools. This initiative is supported and highlighted by the beachguards who are operating at the beachguard stations.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley is encouraging anyone who is interested to submit their application, “This is a great summer job for anyone who is interested in people, safety and being part of a responsible team. For personal development and CV experience, being a member of the Council’s Beach Lifeguard Service provides a great stepping stone.”

For anyone who is interested, please visit

Cork County Council Station Locations:

East Cork

1. Front Strand

2. Claycastle

3. Redbarn

4. Garryvoe

West Cork

1. Fountainstown

2. Inchydoney East & West

3. Owenahincha

4. The Warren

5. Tragumna

6. Barleycove

7. Tragumna

Kinsale Area

1. Garretstown

2. Garrylucas

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