What Open Water Swimming Offers

Open water swimming has both physical and mental health benefits for us all. Many people describe the feeling of intense satisfaction after plunging into cold water. It leaves the body tingling all over and helps clear the mind of worries and anxieties. Year-round swimmers are adamant that the sea has the potential to alleviate the effects of a number of physical ailments including arthritis, chronic pain and lots more.

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Take The Right Safety Precautions

Open water swimming can be an enjoyable experience when people have the right safety knowledge and preparation. It is important to remember, there are considerably more dangers in winter than in summer months. If you see someone in difficulty, please dial 112 and ask for the coast guard.

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Water Temperatures

Get real time information about water temperatures around Ireland.

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Water Quality

What is the water quality like near you and around Ireland?

Water Quality In Ireland Report
Bathing Water Quality Map
EPA Bathing Water Infographic
Bathing Water Health Guidance


Open Water Swimming – What’s The Attraction?

Swimmers and dippers speak to feelings of health, happiness and peace of mind. Safety is always their priority.

Open Water Swimming Part 1 of 3 – Preparation

Open water swimmer Dee Newell, takes you through her pre-swim routine so that you know how to prepare for a safe and enjoyable dip.

Open Water Swimming Part 2 of 3 – Your Swim

In the second of our open water swimming video series, Dee Newell discusses how to manage your swim so that you get the best experience while always remaining safe.

Open Water Swimming Part 3 of 3 – Getting Out

Once you finish your swim and exit onto dryland, it is important to follow some key safety steps. Dee Newell shares her after-swim practices to help you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Open Water Swimming – Better Safe Than Sorry

Experienced swimmer Paddy McNamara explains how experienced Open Water Swimmers enjoy it safely. Safe never swims alone. Safe knows local tides and currents. Safe wears a brightly coloured tow buoy. Sorry? Sorry shouldn’t be in the water.

For advice, visit www.watersafety.ie.

Remember – Better Safe, Than Sorry.