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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

Beach Lifeguard Revalidations

Clare Water Safety will run ANOTHER Beach LG revalidation

  • Tuesday 25rd June 2019
  • Time: registration at 16.00
  • White Strand, Miltown Malbay
  • cost is €90, payable to Irish Water Safety-Clare
  • bring wet suit, hat, goggles, fins, rescue/surf board if you have one.
  • please bring your current cert also (it may not be expired more than 1 yr)

It is advisable to recap your BLS, hand signals, rescue techniques before the day.



Upcoming courses 2019:


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


Ennis Pool

Safety 1, 2, 3& 4 classes are FULL. 

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

Seals & Marlins: 22 - 26 July 2019

*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



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.

    Safety messages

    It's never too late to learn to swim. Help protect yourself and your family from drowning by taking up IWS's swimming & Lifesaving classes.  View safety messages



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