isnt the old fire brigade saying ´if you hear splashing in the water, the gardai have arrived?!´
Here's the answers you were looking for..
1) It's now an requirement that all new recruits are able to swim. As well as having a full driving licence and a first aid course.
these are not confirmed yet and are only recommendations
Would you need some sort of certificate to prove you can swim from a local instructor (if this even exists) I wonder?
Also with regards the first aid course; I was under the illusion that a course was facilitated for recruits once they entered the college?
But I suppose with the level of competition that will be present when recruitment does finally come around all these courses and qualifications wont go to waste as every Tom, Dick and Harry with a law degree will be applying!
You will do a first aid course when you start in Templemore. To the best of my knowledge it's a FETAC level 5 occupational first aid course. I've no idea if doing one beforehand will confer an advantage onto you when applying, though.
i wonder if a PADI open water cert woud suffice?