Water Safety Ireland

Water Safety Ireland is the statutory body established to promote water safety in Ireland. Their role is to educate people in water safety best practices and to develop public awareness campaigns to promote necessary attitudes, rescue skills and behaviour to prevent drownings and water related accidents.

Useful Links

Cleansing & Beaches Section

Municipal Services Department,

DLR Operations Depot,

Ballyogan Road,

Dublin 18

Phone: 01-2904800


Please remember the following before swimming:

• In an emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard
• Have a means of calling for help, e.g., a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch and a whistle
• Check weather and tides. Be particularly mindful of strong wind conditions.
• When you go open water swimming, it is very important to acclimatise by entering the water slowly and allowing time for your body to get used to the cold.
• To help yourself acclimatise, splash the cold water on your neck and face.
• Warm up afterwards by putting on dry clothes quickly and wear a warm hat as soon as you get out.
• Entry and exit points may be difficult in the sub-zero conditions so walk slowly to avoid slipping.
• Avoid swimming in areas where there is ice.

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