Sport Ireland and key stakeholders have come together to encourage everyone to be alert to water safety this summer.
Over the last few months there have been many successful campaigns and initiatives in regards to educating the public on water safety. While all stakeholders of this campaign have particular responsibilities and objectives, we all have the same overriding priority which is the safety of all participants in outdoor physical activities. By pooling resources and collaborating on this campaign, we all hope to spread the message on water safety, and encourage people to be safe on the water and save lives.
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 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:
- Check weather, water conditions and tides before going on or in the water
- Let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back
- Do not go alone, even if whoever you bring doesn’t get on or in the water
- Have a method of calling for help. In emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard
- Use an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid if you are doing activities on the water
- Ensure you are visible in the water and do not go in or on the water during reduced light
- 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 – www.gov.ie/summerready
The Department of Rural and Community Development
Local Government Management Association and the local authorities
Water Safety Ireland – www.watersafety.ie/open-water-swimming/
RNLI – www.rnli.org/safety
Leave No Trace Ireland www.leavenotraceireland.org
Dublin Mountains Partnership
Swim Ireland – www.swimireland.ie/open-water
Canoeing Ireland – www.canoe.ie/safety-on-the-water/
Irish Surfing – www.irishsurfing.ie/safety-environment/safe-surfing
Irish Sailing www.sailing.ie
The Irish Underwater Council www.diving.ie
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
For Further Information:
Communications Manager, Sport Ireland