National Water Safety Awareness Week takes place from June 13th – June 19th 2022. During the week, our national campaign will communicate important water safety messages to the Irish public. Our central theme for this year is ‘Heed Our Heroes’ – reminding us all to listen to the advice of Ireland’s lifeguards and take necessary care when on, near or in water.

Our commitment to water safety and drowning prevention is as strong as ever and we have developed a number of resources that can be shared by you if you would like to support our cause. As well as featuring across media throughout Ireland, our social media channels will also share the material throughout the week. Now is the time to make water safety a part of your conversations with family and friends alike.

HEED OUR HEROES

On beaches, rivers and lakes, lifeguards are getting ready for a busy summer. You can help by getting ready too. From hazards at inland and coastal waterways to the danger of inflatables in open water, and from Summer Water Safety Classes to the safety of the swim zone, Lifeguards from all over Ireland have shared their expert advice right here. Take it to heart. Make water safety part of the conversation around your dinner table. Together let’s make summer safer.

Rachel Connolly, Lifeguard, County Louth

“In a single day, we located eight lost children. Three of them had gone missing at the same time.”

David Farrelly, Lifeguard, County Dublin

“An incoming tide left nine people stranded on a sandbank. It all happened in 15 minutes.

Conall Boyle, Lifeguard, County Cork

“A girl I taught in our summer water safety classes used her skills to safely rescue four people. She was just 15 at the time.”

Sarah Donnelly, Lifeguard, County Mayo

“We see kayaks and paddle boards getting caught up in rip currents, changing tides and offshore winds. The right training is essential.”

Lucy Cleere, Lifeguard, County Kilkenny

“I see so many people jumping into rivers and lakes without thinking. You have to check the depth and be aware of hidden dangers.”

Jayke Morris, Lifeguard, County Mayo

“A father and son went out on an inflatable paddle board and within minutes they were over a kilometre from shore.”

IMAGES

Our images with tips and advice are available in a number of formats and suitable for sharing online. Help us raise drowning prevention awareness this summer by starting a water safety conversation with your family and friends.

In A Single Day, We Located Eight Lost Children (Landscape)
In A Single Day, We Located Eight Lost Children (Square)
An Incoming Tide Left Nine People Stranded On A Sandbank (Landscape)
An Incoming Tide Left Nine People Stranded On A Sandbank (Square)
A Girl In Our Water Safety Classes Used Her Skills To Rescue Four People (Landscape)
A Girl In Our Water Safety Classes Used Her Skills To Rescue Four People (Square)
The Right Training Is Essential (Landscape)
The Right Training Is Essential (Square)
You Have To Check The Depth And Be Aware Of Hidden Dangers (Landscape)
You Have To Check The Depth And Be Aware of Hidden Dangers (Square)
Within Minutes They Were Over A Kilometre From Shore (Landscape)
Within Minutes They Were Over A Kilometre From Shore (Square)

WATER SAFETY IN THE PRESS

Water Safety will feature in the print editions of the Irish Independent, Irish Independent on Saturday, Sunday Independent and the Sunday World all throughout National Water Safety Awareness Week. See our series of advertisements here.

National Water Safety Awareness Week in Print Media

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It’s National Water Safety Awareness Week and on beaches, rivers and lakes, lifeguards are getting ready for a busy summer. You can help by getting ready too.

This is Water Safety Ireland and this summer our message is to heed our heroes. Lifeguards from all over Ireland have shared their top water safety advice at watersafety.ie

Take it to heart. Make water safety part of the conversation around your dinner table. Visit watersafety.ie and remember…

Better Safe Than Sorry.

Only Swim At Lifeguarded Waterways

Lifeguards are present at selected beaches on weekends during June, and full time in July and August. See our most up to date list of beaches.

Find a lifeguarded waterway near you