Be alert to water safety

Sport Ireland and key stakeholders have come together to encourage everyone to be alert to water safety this summer.

We are privileged to live on an island with an abundance of water to enjoy and we are spoilt with the choice of activities or enjoyment that people of all ages and abilities can derive from the water. The outdoors has acted as an escape for many during the last year and there has been a significant increase in the number of people taking to the water and enjoying water based activities.

It is however critical that everyone respects the dangers that exist around water and that people know how to be safe around, on and in the water.

Everyone is encouraged to familiarise themselves with and follow these key water safety messages:

  1. Check weather, water conditions and tides before going on or in the water
  2. Let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back
  3. Do not go alone, even if whoever you bring doesn’t get on or in the water
  4. Have a method of calling for help. In emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard
  5. Use an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid if you are doing activities on the water
  6. Ensure you are visible in the water and do not go in or on the water during reduced light
  7. Do not use inflatable toys in open water

It is important that parents and guardians educate children on these key water safety messages and that people are aware of the many hazards of swimming in undesignated areas.

If you see somebody in trouble on the water or along the coast dial 112/999 or use VHF Ch 16 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Follow the links below to find out more about education and water safety advice for specific water based activities or learn about general water safety education from the key stakeholders.

This Statement is endorsed by:

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Department of Defence – Office of Emergency Planning –  

The Department of Rural and Community Development

Local Government Management Association and the local authorities

Water Safety Ireland –


Coast Guard 

Failte Ireland


Leave No Trace Ireland

Waterways Ireland

Dublin Mountains Partnership

Swim Ireland –

Canoeing Ireland –

Irish Surfing –

Irish Sailing

The Irish Underwater Council

Fingal Sports Partnership

Tipperary Sports Partnership

Carlow Sports Partnership

Cavan Sports Partnership

Donegal Sports Partnership

Galway Sports Partnership

Waterford Sports Partnership

Meath Sports Partnership

Kerry Sports Partnership

Louth Sports Partnership

Kilkenny Sports Partnership

Limerick Sports Partnership

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