Brendan has coached lifesaving sport to all levels and provided courses to pool and beach lifeguards as well as tutoring assistant teachers, full teachers and coaches. Brendan is also a waterways risk assessor, completing risk assessments in all aquatic environments to ensure public safety. He is a Senior Risk Assessment Tutor with ILSE – International Life Saving Europe. He is also a Water Safety Awareness Tutor, providing water safety classes to employees in the workplace.Since the early 1980’s Brendan has served as Chairman, Secretary, PRO and committee member of Water Safety Ireland – Clare. He took a major role in the development and building of the Whitestrand Lifesaving Training Centre, which opened in 2015. He has also taken the lead in the ongoing project to build a similar training and rescue centre in Lahinch. Bre ndan has coached the Co Clare Senior, Junior and Nipper Lifesaving teams to Regional and National success in both open water and still water competitions. He has also been Irish National Coach – to Ireland lifesaving sport National teams – since 2004, helping Irish competitors secure many medals at European and World level.
He has also written Water Safety Ireland’s Lifesaving Sport Coaching Manual, which is due to be published later this year.He was elected to the Council of Water Safety Ireland in 1994 and served as a Council member for 20 years. During that time, he chaired the Swimming Commission, Sports Commission and Education Commission.
Brendan received an International Lifesaving Citation of Merit in 1993 and WSI volunteer of the year award in 2012.
He has represented Water Safety Ireland at international level – presenting at the World Congress on Drowning Prevention on two occasions, and made presentations at the STA international conference and at international Risk Assessment events.
He has completely dedicated his time and energy to the ethos of Water Safety Ireland, believing in keeping everyone safe – in, on and around water.