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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


Summer Weeks 2021:

(updated 22 June 2021)


We are still looking for WSI Instructors to help run the Summer weeks. Please contact Sinead at clare@watersafety.ie if you are free to instruct a week.


We are in the process of organising the summer weeks & trying to find Instructors who are available to run them. As we are dealing with candidates in the water we will have more safety measures than other activities might need. Some changes being considered are:

  • online registration for some areas
  • max class size is 12 as recommended by WSI (but more than 1 class if needs be)
  • minimum age is 8yrs to limit Instructors having to get too close to some children younger than that who may need help in the water & with hats etc
  • Rescue classes only be held in Ennis Pool as extra equipment is now needed which we have limited supplies of.

 Classes being run in open water will be:

  1. Marlin 7, 8 and 9/10
  2. Safety 1, 2, 3and 4
  3. Survival/Endurance for swimming fitness

It is planned to run the following:



  • July 3-6: Ennis pool - Endurance 1/2 (needed for Rescue 1/2) - CONFIRMED


  • July 10-13: Ennis - Rescue 1 - CONFIRMED
  • July 5-9: Miltown - Marlin, Safetys, Survival - CONFIRMED


  • July 17-20: Ennis - Rescue 2 - CONFIRMED


  • July19: Ballyvaughan - Marlins, Safetys, Survival - TBC
  • July 24: Ennis - Rescue 3 - Might not be running
  • July 19: Mountshannon - Marlins, Safetys, Survival - TBC


  • July 31: Ennis - Endurance - CONFIRMED
  • July 26: Flagmount - Marlins, Safetys, Survival - TBC
  • July 26: Cappa - Marlins, Safetys, Survival - TBC


  • Aug 7: Ennis - Rescue 1 - CONFIRMED
  • Aug 2: Doonbeg - Marlins, Safetys, Survival - TBC


  • Aug 14: Ennis - Rescue 2 - CONFIRMED


  • Aug 16: Ennis - Rescue 3 - Might not be running
  • Aug 16: Kilkee - Marlins, Safetys, Survival - CONFIRMED

Please don't email us. We will update all information here when we have it & will advertsise here and on FB when registration is open online for the various locations.

Thank you


Competitions 2021:

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


  • Munster Nipper Surf Lifesaving Championship - None in 2021
  • National Junior Surf Lifesaving Championship - To be confirmed 2021
  • National Senior & Master Surf Lifesaving Championship - Yes in 2021 but date & location to be confirmed
  • World Lifesaving Championship - Sept/Oct 2022 in Riccione, Italy 

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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