Every child can now learn water safety skills in the classroom.

PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety)

Water Safety Ireland has created a free educational resource for primary schools called PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety). PAWS outlines life-saving guidelines for children of every age and is available digitally to every school in the country. It teaches children how to be safe around water in homes, farms, pools, beaches and on our waterways.

Free classroom resources with beautiful illustrations, a wealth of tips and advice and all sorts of interactive games and puzzles

The lessons can be delivered in just a few hours of class time and on completion each class can receive an Water Safety Ireland – Primary Aquatics Water Safety Certificate. Keep scrolling to find out more! In Ireland, thirty children aged fourteen and under drowned every ten years. That’s the equivalent of an entire classroom. By encouraging school children to be more conscious about water safety we can change that statistic for good.

Don’t forget to certify your class

Water Safety Ireland provides free certification for schools that teach the PAWS syllabus to their students.

All PAWS certificates are completely free

To register your school, simply email [email protected] outlining the certificates you require and the school you teach in. You will then receive a unique username and password to log into the system.

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Junior and Senior Infants

Lesson Plan: PAWS 1
Presentation: PAWS 1
Online Interactive Resources

First and Second Class

Lesson Plan: PAWS 2
Presentation: PAWS 2
Online Interactive Resources

Third and Fourth Class

Lesson Plan: PAWS 3
Presentation: PAWS 3
Online Interactive Resources

Fifth and Sixth        Class

Lesson Plan: PAWS 4
Presentation: PAWS 4
Online Interactive Resources

Junior and Senior Infants

Lesson Plan: PAWS 1
Presentation: PAWS 1
Online Interactive Resources

First and Second Class

Lesson Plan: PAWS 2
Presentation: PAWS 2
Online Interactive Resources

Third and Fourth Class

Lesson Plan: PAWS 3
Presentation: PAWS 3
Online Interactive Resources

Fifth and Sixth        Class

Lesson Plan: PAWS 4
Presentation: PAWS 4
Online Interactive Resources