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Irish Water Safety (IWS) is the statutory voluntary body established to promote water safety in Ireland.
Irish Water Safety Clare exists to plan, promote and implement water safety activities within County Clare.
These activities include Water Safety classes, training of Beach & Pool Lifeguards, Instructors, Examiners, Cardiac First Responders, Rescue boat crew & Surf Lifesaving competitors.


Upcoming courses 2018:

Shannon Leisure Centre

Starting 9th March


Miltown Malbay

2nd July 2018: Rescue & Safety classes

16th July: Seal & Marlin swimming classes

Registration: 1st July for both weeks in White Strand, Miltown Malbay



16th & 23rd July 2018

Seal & Marlin swim classes, Safety & Rescue classes


Cappa, Kilrush

30th July & 6th Aug 2018 (to be confirmed)



30th July & 6th Aug 2018 (to be confirmed)



13th Aug 2018 (to be confirmed)

Will extend into 2nd week for Rescue classes

For details, go to 'Water Safety Classes' section


Competitions 2018:

  • National Junior, Senior & Master Stillwater Championships - 10&11 Feb in UL
  • Munster Nipper Stillwater - 24th March in UL
  • National Nipper Stillwater - 22nd April in the NAC, Dublin
  • Munster Nipper/Junior Surf Lifesaving - 
  • National Nipper/Youth Surf Lifesaving Championships - Kilkee, Co.Clare
  • European Junior Championships: 10-15 Sept 2018, Kilkee, Co.Clare
  • National Senior/Masters Championship: 



IWS Beach Lifeguard Award

IWS Clare will hold a registration evening for this course on Thurs 18th Jan 2018 in Active Ennis Leisure Centre at 6pm.

Course cost is €220 to cover reg fees to IWS, course folder, pool & room hire, instructor & examiner fees.

A deposit of €50 will be taken on the night, payable to IWS Clare


Getting started...IRB 2017 season


Meeting in the Lifesaving Training Centre, 7pm on 28th June 2017, to prep the boats for the 2017 season.


All qualified drivers & crew, as well as anyone interested in learning about the IRBs and driving them and invited to come along. It's no fun unless there's a crowd!


 Photo credit: Pics by Des (Tom Parry & Seamus Scholand)


A Timely Rescue in Spanish Point

We have had fabulous weather mid June, though for two people one sunny weekend nearly ended in tragedy.


Clare County Council Lifeguards continued to keep visitors to our beautiful beaches and lakes safe by managing the swimming areas and advising members of the public.

However, with lots of waves in Spanish Point, Lahinch and Fanore, the rip currents there were particularly dangerous. Two adults swimming in Spanish Point at 19.20, twenty minutes after the Lifeguard service ended, swam into a large rip current which pulled them away from shore. Two off-duty Lifeguards, Bernard & Roisín Cahill, while driving past the beach, spotted the swimmers, recognised the danger and carried out a timely rescue.

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.

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