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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Ireland has now moved nationally to Level 5 of Covid-19 restrictions in the Government’s Resilience and Recovery Plan 2020 – 2021. This means indoor water safety classes are no longer permitted to continue.

See our Returning To Water Safely plan for further details. Pages 10 and 11 provides guidance about Level 3, 4 and 5 of Covid-19 restrictions.

Returning To Water Safely

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

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

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Primary School

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

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Together, Let’s Bring Drownings Down

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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 Summer Ready

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

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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