National Lifeguard Training Centre opens in Tramore

Crest of a wave: Debbie Smith and Tara O'Riordan pictured at Tramore's new National Lifeguard Training Centre. 							| Photo: Patrick Browne

Crest of a wave: Debbie Smith and Tara O'Riordan pictured at Tramore's new National Lifeguard Training Centre. | Photo: Patrick Browne

Tramore’s National Lifeguard Training Centre ‘wouldn’t be out of place in Miami or Sydney’, according to Tramore-based politician and Irish Water Safety volunteer Lola O’Sullivan.

The €500,000 on the Lower Prom, the first of its kind in the country, was officially opened on Monday.
The new ocean-themed building was built through a partnership between Tramore Surf Lifesaving Club, Irish Water Safety and Waterford City & County Council, with support from Waterford Leader Partnership. It will accommodate Tramore Surf Lifesaving Club on a year-round basis and Waterford City & County Council’s beach lifeguards during the summer season. The lifeguards will use an observation deck on the third floor that provides excellent views across Tramore Bay.

At the opening, Mayor of Waterford James Tobin said there is no doubt that lives will be saved as a result of this centre being delivered.

“One of the things that I am particularly pleased about is how Tramore Surf Lifesaving Club, Irish Water Safety and Waterford City & County Council have been able to work together to create this world-class facility that is the first in the country but which would also stand up to comparison with what’s available internationally”, he commented.

Metropolitan District Mayor Cllr Lola O’Sullivan, who is also chair of Irish Water Safety (Waterford), added that the teamwork that had gone into bringing the project over the line had been ‘hugely impressive’.

“All of the volunteers involved should be tremendously proud of the standard of what is now on offer here”, she continued.

“Summer 2015 will be the first season when this Centre will be operational and the rescue boat and other emergency facilities here will allow for an even better lifeguard service to be provided.

“Bringing together that vital public service and the Tramore Surf Lifesaving Club, which has operated for more than 25 years, is a creative way to ensure people using the water are safe and that we continue to train lifesavers to the highest standards. One of the most encouraging things about the lifesaving club’s membership of 100+ people is that the largest number are in the eight-14 age range so we are continuing to train the lifesavers of tomorrow.

“Aside from the obvious water safety and community benefits of having the National Lifeguard Training Centre in Tramore, there is also a positive economic impact for the town from increased visitor numbers as people from around Ireland come to Tramore for lifesaving training programmes.”

Michael ‘Buddy’ Cuddihy, the Chair of Tramore Surf Lifesaving Club, said the new facility would be a huge asset to the club but also to the wider community. “It will allow us cater for the ever growing interest in surf lifesaving, a discipline in which Tramore has produced several international competitors. It has been a long journey to deliver this Centre but the quality of what has been created makes that all worthwhile…

“On the club’s behalf, I want to acknowledge all of those from Tramore and beyond who have helped bring this project to completion. We now look forward to it being fully operational for the fast-approaching peak summer season.”

Meanwhile, it’s emerged that the Tramore’s Railway Station has been acquired by Waterford City & County Council (via NAMA) and is set to house a tourist office and be used for other community uses. We hope to have more on this development in next week’s edition.

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