‘Be Summer Ready’ is part of a Government of Ireland initiative which aims to create awareness about potential safety risks for the general public during the summer months. ‘Be Alert to Water Safety’ is the emphasis of this year’s campaign, in conjunction with Water Safety Ireland, Met Éireann and the Irish Coast Guard.

Throughout the summer, people visit Ireland’s coastal and inland waterways in greater numbers. For a number of reasons, this presents greater water safety risks and can lead to drowning accidents.

Water Safety Ireland urges everybody to become familiar with the freely available information here. The ‘Be Summer Ready’ advice and guidance is likely to save many lives, and is an important reminder for us all to make water safety part of our everyday conversations with family and friends.

Get involved with the conversation online by using #BeSummerReady.


Preparing you, your home and your business for the summer months, the ‘Be Summer Ready’ campaign has water safety advice on topics such as swimming, rip currents and ringbuoys. Not only that, there is helpful tips on road safety, fire safety, safety in the workplace and lots more. Find out how you can plan for summer with the helpful ‘Be Summer Ready’ booklet and leaflet.


Share the Be Summer Ready images on social media using the #BeSummerReady.

Be Summer Ready 2021 Campaign Launch

The campaign was jointly launched by the Minister for Defence and Chair of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Ms. Heather Humphreys T.D. and Minister of State with responsibility for International and Road Transport and Logistics, Ms. Hildegarde Naughton T.D.

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.