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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.


Competitions 2017:

  • Munster Nipper & Junior Open Water - Youghal, Cork, 12/13 August
  • National Nipper & Jnr. Open Water - Curracloe, Wexford; 26/27 August
  • European Junior & Senior Open Water Champs - Belgium, 2-10 Sept
  • National Senior & Master Open Water - Rossnowlagh, mid to late Sept.


KILKEE  classes will run from Tuesday 8th Aug to Tuesday 15th.

KILKEE registration will remain 7th Aug.


Start Date for DOONBEG Water Safety week is now 7th August


Upcoming courses 2017:

 For our Summer Weeks schedule, go to 'Water Safety Classes' section above

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.


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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