NATIONAL WATER SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK 2020

National Water Safety Awareness Week takes place from June 15th – June 21st 2020. During the week, our national campaign will communicate important water safety messages to the Irish public. Our central theme for this year is ‘Better Safe, Than Sorry’ – reminding us all to take necessary care when on, near or in water.

As we learn to live with a new normal in the age of Covid-19, we are also embracing a new type of National Water Safety Awareness Week, which differs slightly to years gone by. Our annual Summer Swim Weeks and Summer Programmes are cancelled but our commitment to water safety and drowning prevention is as strong as ever. 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.

PAWS (PRIMARY AQUATICS WATER SAFETY)

Designed by children, teachers and experts at Water Safety Ireland, PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) is free, fun and available at www.teachpaws.ie now. Teach your children basic water safety skills at home – skills that save lives. With lots of games, puzzles and lessons, your child can become a PAWS HERO today. Or see some of our sample resources, in association with our media partners, The Children’s Times and The Sunday Times, right here.

The Children’s Times – PAWS exercise – First & Second Class
The Children’s Times – PAWS exercise – Third & Fourth Class

IMAGES

Our images are available in a number of formats. They emphasise the importance of supervising children at all times, as well as never mixing alcohol with water activities.

Never Mix Alcohol With Water (Landscape)
Never Mix Alcohol With Water (Square)
Never Mix Alcohol With Water Activities (Portrait)
Always Supervise Children In And Around Water (Landscape)
Always Supervise Children In And Around Water (Square)
Always Supervise Children In And Around Water (Portrait)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Videos

Suggested Text:

Safe wears a lifejacket on or near water. Safe always swims between the flags. Safe never mixes alcohol with water activities.

Sorry? When it’s a life, sorry doesn’t cut it. This summer, put safety first. For advice, visit www.watersafety.ie.

Better Safe, Than Sorry.

Suggested Text:

This is National Water Safety Awareness Week, but safety should come first all year long.

Safe never mixes alcohol with water activities. Safe wears a lifejacket. Safe always supervises children on or near water. Safe swims and stays within your depth.

Sorry wishes you did. For advice on water safety at all our waterways visit www.watersafety.ie.

Remember – Better Safe, Than Sorry.

Suggested Text:

In each of the last ten years, an average of 120 people lost their lives to drowning. Thankfully that number is falling. In 2019, 105 people drowned. But our target has to be zero. One life is one too many.

Learn to swim, learn a lifesaving skill, always wear a lifejacket on water. Together let’s bring these numbers down for good.

Suggested Text:

Our seas, river and lakes have hidden currents, unexpected depths and unpredictable breezes. Never use inflatable toys on open water. Warm air does not mean warm water. Beware of hypothermia. Always swim within your depth and stay within your depth.

Suggested Text:

As we all adhere to social distancing, please remember to only swim in lifeguarded waterways. Lifeguards are there weekends in June and full time in July and August. They are there to protect. Let them be there for you. For more information, see www.watersafety.ie/lifeguards/

Suggested Text:

In two to three minutes, cold water shock can cause: deep gasping, uncontrollable breathing, increased heart rate & blood pressure, panic, incapacitation and drowning. All in just two to three minutes. Know how cold our waters can be. Stay away from edges, particularly where there is slippery, unstable or uneven ground. Watch for unexpected waves. And always wear a lifejacket, on or near water. For advice, visit www.watersafety.ie

Press Releases

Our Press Releases during National Water Safety Awareness Week are suitable for use by our members and the public alike. Please share and together, let’s bring drownings down.

Calls for caution near water as ten drown monthly
Heightened Drowning Risk This New Moon Weekend

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