HEARTSAVER CPR/AED Course – March 12th.

The third course is now scheduled for March 12th in the Coastguard Station in Crosshaven at 6.30pm.  With a waiting list from the last courses, there are already eight places booked for March, leaving just FOUR places available.  Email myrtlevilleswimmers@gmail.com if you want to book one of the four places.

Everyone who has attended has found this course invaluable, and Ger Venner put the skills to use in assisting a choking child just last month.   Pat Lowry also intends to organise some shorter refresher evenings for the earlier graduates.


The increase in numbers swimming in Myrtleville is great but with this in mind, there is also an increase in the risk of an adverse event such as Heart Attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest. These conditions, as you may know are closely linked with sudden adult death syndrome, (SADS).

Like every sport it is important to have some trained responders to facilitate simple rescue efforts to help resuscitate somebody whose heart has stopped.  We now have a defibrillator in Myrtleville.  We need to have trained users.

It is easier than you think to be able to help someone in this situation. The answer is a simple 3 & 1/2 hour course.  Pat Lowry – Advanced Paramedic in the National Ambulance Service – has offered to provide a certification course covering all aspects of CPR for adults and children.  The only cost will be €7 for the certification card provided as part of this course.


This is a comprehensive 3½ hour Irish Heart Foundation, in association with the American Heart Association certification course which covers all the essential aspects of CPR for adults and children.

The Heartsaver AED Course teaches you the basic techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the relief of choking for adults and children. An AED is a computerised defibrillator which analyses the heart rhythm of a person in cardiac arrest and uses voice prompts to advise you if a shock is needed. The AED is an important link in the chain of survival and this course teaches you how to use them effectively. The Heartsaver AED Course takes approximately 3½ hours to complete.

The course carries International accreditation and certification.  All participants receive a wallet size certification card from the Irish Heart Foundation, valid for two years.

Who Should Attend: Anyone who wants to learn CPR & Defibrillation for Adults & Children
Date: March 12th, 2-15: 6.30 – 10.00 pm
Location: Crosshaven Coast Guard Station
Booking: Contact Damian O’Neill through myrtlevilleswimmers@gmail.com.  There are only four places still available.
Certificate Valid For: 2 years
Accreditation: Irish Heart Foundation / American Heart Association ( Internationally recognised)
Public Course Cost: Course Provided FREE of charge by Pat Lowry (Advanced Paramedic National Ambulance Service).Charge of €7 for certification.


CPR / AED course 2

From Pat Lowry:

Another successful night of CPR/AED training. Once again, a very keen and eager bunch. We  should once again thank Victor Shine for the use of the coast guard station which was a fantastic facility. Top notch nosh (say that fast) came from my lovely wife, Denise and thanks also to Adrian Bishop (other instructor) for giving me a big hand out.


Things are really taking shape now to make our little Myrtleville swimming community a safer place to be. 24 People in total now trained on CPR/AED and choking for both adult and child. This is in addition to the already local voluntary personnel in the area.

Depending on numbers I would hope to do one more training night before Xmas. By this I mean that if I don’t have enough to fill a full class I’d like to run a refresher night purely on the skills that were taught before we move on any further.  Because of the amount of questions and information passed on in both courses, I felt that those already trained up could do with a little more practice on skills alone.  This would consist of: I would set up in a room with a manikin and rescuers would come and practice under supervision. It would take no more than 20 minutes per person. 


If anyone is interested in a place on the next course and you have not already done so, let Damian know – myrtlevilleswimmers@gmail.com.  There are seven names down already.

Centra Crosshaven Challenge – Defibrillator presentation

The Centra Crosshaven Challenge is the event that just keeps on giving!  As well as providing a great focus point for preparations for so many new and experienced triathletes each year, it raises significant funds for local causes.

One of the causes supported in 2014 was the new Defibrillator for Myrtleville.  The picture below shows Bernard Lynch, Conor Middleton and Suzie Lee of Centra Crosshaven Challenge presenting Myrtleville residents Jimmy and Noreen Long and Pat Lowry: Advanced Paramedic and Myrtleville Swimmer with a new Defibrillator at Myrtleville this week.  Well done to all involved.


CPR / AED course

Led by Pat Lowry, with assistance from Sam, Victor Shine, Gary Heslin and Pat Hayes,  a group of twelve Myrtleville Swimmers gained a vital life skill on Wednesday night.

We were instructed in CPR and use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and certified as trained responders .  As Pat said, we are on our way to making Myrtleville beach one of the safest in the country!  All of the instructors gave freely of their time and the only cost was €7 towards the certification and respiratory masks provided.Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.Good news was shared on the night by Conor Middleton and Bernard Lynch, that funds from the Centra Crosshaven Challenge will go towards the provision of a Defibrillator in Myrtleville.  This is planned to be in place in October.


The venue for the course is provided by the Coastguard in Crosshaven and it is a state-of-the-art facility.  Thank you to them for allowing us to use it.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

A second course is planned for October – date to be confirmed.  Contact myrtlevilleswimmers@gmail.com if you would like to get a place.  We already have eight names in for the twelve places.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Jamie O’Donnell getting the rhythm right!

Thanks to Denise Lowry who surprised us with two large trays of cakes.  Swimmers and cakes: can’t beat that combination!  Also to Siobhan Russell who came to record the event.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

The course was really good – but the cakes were just brilliant!