Ballyholme Yacht Club

Commodore – Aidan Pounder

Ballyholme Yacht Club (BYC) is one of the most active yacht clubs in Northern Ireland, and hosts World, National, Regional and Club sailing events, in addition to large open water sea swimming events and more recently regional / national windsurfing.

As you can imagine the delivery of such activities is resource heavy with the deployment of suitable on water safety personnel to ensure a safe and fun activity / event.

I am ultimately responsible for the aforementioned along with my fellow Executive Officers, and to ensure such, I often seek assistance from outside sailing clubs and safety organisations such as “Safer Waters” which operates locally to our Club, to compliment our own Club Safety Team.

I have over the last 18 months requested and acquired the assistance of “Safer Waters” in the delivery of safe events at BYC. The “Safer Waters” team works very well and integrates successfully with other concerned bodies to provide a highly professional service.

To conclude, I would thoroughly recommend “Safer Waters” in the provision and delivery of on water safety.

Helens Bay Watch

As a group of enthusiastic swimmers we’re grateful to Safer Waters for providing safety coverage. Having their know how and expertise in the sea means that we can plan and swim some fun distances with more confidence. Their boat presence and training informs us of tide and wind conditions while helping us plan some longer distance swims. Safer Waters makes us feel just that, safer in the water.
Swimmers of varying abilities benefit from the safety coverage that Safety Waters provides. Regardless of the level that each of us are at, it is a great exercise to grow our ability and progress towards improvement. We would love to see Safety Waters continue to provide coverage for swims in and around Helens Bay, the Belfast Lough and even further afield. As we develop our skills to swim longer. There are many loughs and sea swim challenges that we would like to take on, and would be delighted to have the continued support of Safety Waters. In so many of these cases these swims would prove impossible should we not have this safety coverage. So we look forward to growing our swimming stamina and challenge accolades alongside this wonderful organisation.