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Water Safety Ireland (WSI) is the statutory voluntary body established to promote water safety in Ireland. The organisation rebranded from Irish Water Safety in late 2019.
Water Safety Ireland Clare exists to plan, promote & implement water safety activities in County Clare.
These activities include Water Safety classes, training of Beach & Pool Lifeguards, Instructors, Examiners, Cardiac First Responders, Rescue boat crew, Voluntary Surf Rescue Personnel & Surf Lifesaving competitors.

Registered charity number: 20083816


Beach Lifeguard Revalidations


We are running 6 BLG revalidations this month. Due to the fact that there were no revals last year, we understand there will be many Beach Lifeguards & Surf Instructors needing to update their certificates.


Information from Water Safety Ireland on 9 Feb 2021:

Due to the uncertainty with regard to the ongoing COViD-19 pandemic, Water Safety Ireland has further extended their WSI National Beach Lifeguard Award Validity date up to the end of June 2021.


This extension of validity is for all WSI National Beach Lifeguards whose qualifications have expired since the start of the COVID-19 period last March 2020 and who need to revalidate their award at this time.


They must also familiarise themselves with the Lifeguard BVM on-line training available at this link



The 2020 WSI COVID-19 amended versions of Lifeguard Exams must be used up to this extended date.


Surf Instructors are encouraged to book through ISA website (membership, Instructor card & revalidation cost all included in that price).


Local authority Beach Lifeguards, EMAIL NOW to book a place (clare@watersafety.ie)... It will be important for us to implement all WSI guidelines developed to enable us to run these courses with COVID 19 still being an issue. Numbers at each date will have to be restricted to 16 so 1st come, 1st served.


Dates for each of the 6 Revalidations:

Friday 7th May (10am)

Friday 14th May (10.00 & 16.30)

Sat 15th May ( 10.00 & 16.30)

Friday 21st May   (16.30)


Pre requisites: Beach LG Award (expires after 2 years). Due to COVID, certificates have been given a 12 month extension.


Cost: €90 (this includes all course related costs).

  • Meet at the Lifeguard Training Centre, White Strand, Miltown Malbay
  • Please recap on your Beach LG course content
  • Bring wet suit, hat, booties & swim fins

WSI Beach Lifeguard Award

WSI Clare will run a Beach Lifeguard course 15-19 Feb 2021 (pool part) & Easter hols (beach part).


WSI Clare Beach LG tutors have ammended the way they run this course so that we follow all HSE guidelines in relation to Covid 19. 


Cost of the course is €150 (discounted due to no Pool hire costs).  Cheques payable to Irish Water Safety Clare. This cost includes a course registration fee to IWS, coures folder, instructor & examiner fees.


To register: Registration is closed


The theory & BLS parts of the course will run over the mid term break in Feb while successful candidates will continue onto the open water section during the Easter holidays. 

Candidates should be competent swimmers, have completed Rescue 3 and be 16 years of age at a minimum

(Pic: Throwback to the 90s... thanks Cossie!)




Upcoming courses 2020:

Unfortunately, all Summer Weeks are CANCELLED due to restrictions in relation to Covid19. We encourage all children, and adults, to continue working on their swimming fitness at open water locations where lifeguards are on duty... remembering to always swim between the Red/Yellow flags.

GREAT ONLINE RESOURCES can be accessed at www.watersafety.ie/campaigns


Competitions 2020:

(Info available in the 'Lifesaving Sport' section at www.watersafety.ie) 


  • National Junior, Senior, Masters Stillwater Championship: 15 & 16 February 2020 in UL Sports Arena
  • Munster Nipper Stillwater Lifesaving Championships - 22nd March 2020 - CANCELLED
  • Munster Nipper Surf Lifesaving Championship - 15th August 2020, CANCELLED
  • Munster Junior Surf Lifesaving Championship - 15/16 August 2020, CABNCELLED
  • National Nipper & Junior Surf Lifesaving Championship - Date & CANCELLED
  • National Senior & Master Surf Lifesaving Championship - 5th September 2020, Rossnowlagh, Co.Donegal - CANCELLED
  • World Lifesaving Championship - 18 Sept to 5 Oct 2020 in Riccione, Italy - CANCELLED

Lifesavers show resolve at National Stillwater Championships


UL Sport played host to the Water Safety Ireland National Stillwater (pool) Championships on 15/16 February 2020. After two days of great racing, the Clare Men's team regained their National title while the Ladies team won their title back from Wicklow, the winners in 2019.



Pic shows Eoin Rouine, Tommy Nunan, Dylan O'Brien & Bernard Cahill being presented with their trophy by CEO of WSI, John Leech

European Lifesaving Championships 2018


Ireland hosted it's first ever International Lifesaving event in 2018 by hosting the European Junior Championships. County Clare personnel had huge into into this as the Chair of the Sports Commission of IWS is currently Clare McGrath from Clare, and her fantastic team assistants mainly hailed from Clare.



Clare members of the Irish Team were: Turlough Barrett, Aoife Madigan, Tara McEvoy, Dylan O'Brien & Noel Shannon


Margaret Purcell, Clare McGrath, Catriona McMahon, Alison Deane

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