Originally Posted by Seaswimmer
Just another quick Galway swimming question.
We are having a large family reunion in Galway in November 2021 (hopefully)
As part of it I have been asked to bring a few people sea swimming on the Saturday and Sunday. It will be around high tide (lunchtime on our dates)
I have swam myself at Blackrock at the diving towers down towards the lifeguard hut as per the advice on this thread.
My memory of Blackrock is that access is a little bit tricky so my question is....
Is there anywhere in that area where it would be easy to wade in gradually and where it would be safe. I am guessing my cohort will be middle aged and not familiar with sea swimming so anywhere with rails and gradually shelving shoreline would be ideal.
Is there other easier access at Blackrock. I vaguely remember going down a ladder or steps but it was low tide and I thought it was slippy..
There are a couple of beach areas along the prom in Salthill where people can wade in.
The first lifeguard hut, is near ladies beach. That might be the best place.
Novemeber is very dependent on the wind conditions. On a calm day, the diving tower would be the best place to get in, as long as it's not low tide. People can jump straight in at high tide, or use the steps.
If it is windy, it can be rough there for people unfamiliar with the water. In those instances, you are better getting in at Ladies beach, where people can walk in on the sand and stay comfortable
If you enter "Ladies Beach" into google maps when you're viewing Salthill, it should appear for you. It's basically directly across from the Salthill Hotel