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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.

Contact us: clarewsac@gmail.com

WSI Pool Lifeguard Revalidation

Date: Sunday 9th February 2020

Time: 12 noon

Venue: Ennis Leisure Complex

Cost: €90 (Payable to IWS Clare)


Please email clarewsac@gmail.com asap to book your place with a scanned copy of your current certificate


WSI Beach Lifeguard Award

IWS Clare will run a Beach Lifeguard course 17-21 Feb 2020 (pool part) in Active Ennis Leisure Complex  & Easter hols (beach part).


Cost of the course is €230.  Cheques payable to Irish Water Safety Clare. This cost includes a course registration fee to IWS, coures folder, pool & room hire, instructor & examiner fees.


To register, please email clarewsac@gmail.com asap with a scanned copy of your Rescue 3 or 4 certificate.


The pool & BLS parts of the course will run over the mid term break in Feb while successful candidates will continue onto the open water section during the Easter holidays. 

Candidates should be competent swimmers, have completed Rescue 3 and be 17 years of age at a minimum

(Pic: Throwback to the 90s... thanks Cossie!)




Upcoming courses 2019:


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

The majority of our classes take place during the summer months


Competitions 2020:

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


  • National Junior, Senior, Masters Stillwater Championship: 15 & 16 February 2020 in UL Sports Arena
  • Munster Nipper Stillwater Lifesaving Championships - 22nd March 2020 in UL Sports Arena
  • Munster Nipper Surf Lifesaving Championship - 15th August 2020, Location TBC
  • Munster Junior Surf Lifesaving Championship - 15/16 August 2020, Location TBC
  • National Nipper & Junior Surf Lifesaving Championship - Date & Location TBC
  • National Senior & Master Surf Lifesaving Championship - 5th September 2020, Rossnowlagh, Co.Donegal
  • World Lifesaving Championship - 18 Sept to 5 Oct 2020 in Riccione, Italy

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.

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