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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Ireland has now started to ease Covid-19 restrictions. Essential Water Safety Ireland services are continuing and we are preparing for the gradual return to our other activities.


  • NOW – All Lifeguard courses can be run at this time.
  • NOW – Surf Instructor beach safety awards and revalidation can take place.
  • NOW – Swimming classes are allowed from 7th June.
  • NOW – Training for the sport of Lifesaving is now permitted.
  • NOW – Summer Week classes can resume this summer.

All the above must be run following COVID-19 Government Guidelines.

Visit the Covid-19 Information Hub

There are a number of other dedicated Covid-19 resources available to you. Keep updated on all the latest information as our activities resume.

Lifeguard Resuscitation And First Aid Guidelines
Government Public Health Advice (
Covid-19 Community Supports

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Primary School

Now every child can learn basic water safety skills in the classroom with PAWS – Primary Aquatics Water Safety!

Dedicated Resources
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Have you got a local query?

Our Water Safety Area Committees organise courses and other initiatives throughout Ireland – get involved with water safety in your local area.

Contact your local Water Safety Area Committee

Water Safety Awareness At Work

Make water safety a part of your workplace today.

Our courses are certified and available online.

Find a course for your workplace


We offer a range of membership options. Find out more about our resources and

Together, Let’s Bring Drownings Down

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Garda Vetting
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Technical Updates

Lifeguarded Waterways

Traditionally, our local authorities employ Water Safety Ireland assessed lifeguards during the bathing season at popular bathing sites nationwide. For operational reasons, and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, details for the 2020 bathing season may differ. Please contact the relevant local authority for confirmation.

Lifeguarded Waterways By County

Be Winter Ready

Find all the information you need to be prepared for whatever winter brings. Preventative actions will make your life easier.

See the comprehensive guide
See the comprehensive guide (as Gaeilge)
Agriculture Be Winter Ready Leaflet (as Gaeilge)
Find more helpful advice

Water Safety Statistics



76% of the 124 drownings a year are male



24% of the 124 drownings a year are female



62% of all drownings happen inland on our rivers or lakes



Almost 1/3 of drowning victims over the last decade had consumed alcohol

Upcoming Courses & Events

From beginners to professionals, we provide courses to keep you and your loved ones safe in the water – it’s never too late to learn about water safety

Water Safety Ireland Term Lifesaving Classes

January 1, 2020 - January 1, 2027

Donegal- Ballyshannon Water Safety Classes

January 23 @ 5:00 pm - April 10 @ 8:00 pm

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