Belvedere College Swimming Team has been competing in Leinster and Irish schools swimming competitions since the 1960s. The college team has had a lot of success over the years winning numerous Leinster and Irish titles at Junior, Intermediate and Senior level. Belvedere are currently Leinster Intermediate schools champions in the 4x50m Medley and Freestyle relays. The same teams finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Irish Schools championship.
Students who have competed for Belvedere in schools competitions have gone on to represent Ireland at international levels from Irish school right up to the most recent Olympic Games (London 2012 – Barry Murphy).
Belvedere Students can train every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 08.00 during school term.
Lifesaving is one of the largest and most successful sports in the College. Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays after school with 85 students from 1st to 6th year supervised by Brother Eamonn Davis. The classes operate on the four basic aims of lifesaving:
To keep fit and have fun
To learn the proper,practical skills required to help a swimmer in distress
To compete and win lifesaving and swimming competitions
To learn how to teach lifesaving effectively.
As such all of the classes are taught by students of the college who have qualified as lifeguards and teachers., with the aim to fully involve students in the club and facilitate interaction between the years. Students are taught the importance of discipline and physical fitness in an approachable environment. Skills taught include rescuing drowning or weak swimmers, unconscious causalities, calming bystanders and performing CPR.
The minimum qualification of our assistant teachers, who are generally from 3rd year , is the Bronze Medallion which qualifies them to work as lifeguards anywhere in the world. Our other teachers have higher qualifications such as the Award of Merit and the Distinction, the highest award in Europe.
The school club regularly competes and wins gold medals in the Leinster Division, the 32 Counties and abroad in Sheffield. We wish our team the best of luck in the upcoming competitions! Lifesaving also runs supplementary classes in First Aid and Life support during lunch times and after school as well as Bronze and Silver Cross sea qualifications which are examined in Howth Bay.
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