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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


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

European Masters Championships, Alicante


Norma Cahill & Sinead Mortell competed for the Hibernia Masters team at the European Championships in Alicante on 26th & 27th May 2017.



The weather for the competition, as you might expect, was very sunny & hot, the wind was very strong throughout the beach comp, gaining in strength so much that the competition was cancelled two events from the end on the Sunday.


It is unusual for Lifesaving competitions to be held before the summer season, but the girls got their training done throughout winter & spring to bring home a haul of gold medals.


Norma won the Board race, Swim race and Ski race in the 50-55 category, while Sinead won the Swim & Board race in the 40-45 category. The girls combined to win the Board Rescue team event in difficult conditions. Norma displayed her competitive spirit again by winning two of these gold medals with a badly sprained ankle, incurred during the entry to her swim race.


Congratulations to the girls, and the rest of the Hibernia team...Paddy Bond, Lisa Dalton & Triona McMenamin.


LEADER funding


Irish Water Safety - Clare, gratefully acknowledges a grant of €150,000 to help with the funding for the Lifesaving Training Centre in the White Strand, Miltown Malbay.

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