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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


The Chairman of Water Safety Ireland has directed that all water safety classes be cancelled until further notice. The situation will be reviewed as the environment in relation to COVID-19 improves.

Returning To Water Safely – Outlining The Reopening of Phases
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions
Lifeguard Resuscitation And First Aid Guidelines
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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. 

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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

Primary School PAWS Programme CANCELLED

April 1 @ 11:00 am - August 7 @ 5:00 pm

Donegal Summer Weeks 2020 Cancelled due to Covid 19

June 29 @ 8:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm

Swimming and Lifesaving

July 27
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 5 days that begins at 12:00am, repeating indefinitely

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

Play Safe, Swim Safe, Stay Safe

Swimming is a great recreational sport that is enjoyable for people of all ages, but it’s important to keep safety in mind at all times while in or near the water