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Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue service set to continue its cadet programme

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Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue PRO Emmet Lynch with cadet Abigail O’Neill during training during last year's programme. The new programme is about to start next month. Photo by Domnick Walsh.

Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue PRO Emmet Lynch with cadet Abigail O’Neill during training during last year's programme. The new programme is about to start next month. Photo by Domnick Walsh.

Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue PRO Emmet Lynch with cadet Abigail O’Neill during training during last year's programme. The new programme is about to start next month. Photo by Domnick Walsh.

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The Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue Service will continue its ‘Cadet Programme’ into a second year after what they described as a “largely successful” first year of the programme, which came to an end recently.

The programme got up and running at the end of June last year with the intention of teaching teenagers about the work that is done by the sea, cliff and rescue service, and it has been hugely successful.

As they prepare to start another year of training, the programme is now on the lookout for potential new applicants.

The programme’s upper age limit of 17 means that quite a few of those who were in last year have now stepped away, but their departure, the rescue service said this week, means that there are now more spaces for others to join as organisers of the programme are also set to increase the size of their panel from 20 last year to 30 this year.

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The Cadet programme will run from September to May, and they usually meet once a month, typically the second Saturday of the month. Organisers say they will try to give as much notice as possible if this changes or if they plan to do extra sessions.

Sessions – which will last for approximately two to three hours – will usually cover items related to sea rescue, including boating, knots, first aid, search and rescue.

Organisers say they will let people know how long each season is before the Saturday in question.

The age range for the programme is 13 to 16. If you are located near Ballybunion, organisers say that this would be great, just for the ease of drop-off and pick-up, but they stressed that it’s not a deal breaker.

Spaces are limited, so if you or your teenager would be interested in becoming a Cadet, please apply as soon as possible.

Apply by sending an email to emmetlynch2@gmail.com


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