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Contae an Cláir.

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.

Contact us: clarewsac@gmail.com


Upcoming courses 2019:


Please go to the 'Water Safety Classes' section for further details


Ennis Pool 

Booking still being taken for Endurance & Rescue classes

Click HERE for further details 


Mountshannon (2 weeks)

8th & 15th July 2019

All swim & lifesaving classes catered for...

Rescue classes will run, depending on numbers


Miltown (White Strand)

Rescues & Safetys: 15 - 19 July 2019

Friday's Exam Timetable (wk 1) - 

Please see the window of the Lifeguard hut


Timetable (week 2)

Seals & Marlins: 22 - 26 July 2019

Mon & Tues - 2 to 4pm

Wed to Fri - 3 to 5pm

 * more detailed class times will be posted on Sunday


Online registration has reopened until 20th July

There will be no one available on Monday to take registrations

*Candidates should attend lessons EACH day

Click HERE for on-line Registration


Flagmount (2 weeks)

Week 1: 22- 26 July 2019

Week 2: 29 July - 2 Aug 2019

Seal, Marlin, Safety, Survival, Rescue & BLS classes


Cappa, Kilrush (2 weeks)

29 July - 9 August 2019

Seal, Marlin, Safety, Survival, Rescue, Basic Life Support classes



5 - 9/10 August 2019

All classes catered for... Rescues will probably be examined on the Saturday



We regret to announce that there will be no swimming or lifesaving classes in Doonbeg in 2019. The nearest alternative location will be Kilkee



12 - 16 August 2019

Seals, Marlins, Safetys & Rescues

19 - 21 August

Rescue classes continue


Competitions 2019:

(Info available in 'Sport' at www.iws.ie) 


  • Munster Nipper/Junior Surf Lifesaving -  10&11 Aug 2019 in Kilkee, Co.Clare
  • National Nipper/Youth Surf Lifesaving Championships - 24&25th August 2019 in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo
  • National Senior/Masters Championship: 31st August, Kilkee, Clare 
  • European Chamionships - 17th to 18th September 2019, Riccione, Italy

Surf Lifesaving Registration


Registration for the 2019 is Sunday 16th June, Lifesaving Training Centre

  • New members must attend the centreat 11am & do an assessment swim.
  • Current members can register on the day or on-line HERE


Membership is dependent primarily on:

  1. Competitors being confident in the open water
  2. Competitors being able to swim approx 100m, head down mainly
  3. Competitors committing to competing for their club at the Provincial & National competiton if they qualify out of Munster.


Training for Nippers will be Tuesdays & Saturdays in July & August with 3 or 4 important extra Thursdays. All dates &times will be available at registration.


Cost: €90 for 1, €160 for 2, €65 per child after that, payable to Irish Water Safety Clare


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


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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