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Swimmers wading into waves at a beach
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton has called on the public to follow water safety advice and to recognise the importance of adhering with some basic precautions in ensuring that any water-based recreation is enjoyed to…
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The UK’s Office for Product Safety and Standards has announced a product recall for 11 models of lifejackets sold via online retailer Amazon over safety concerns. Officials confirm that the affected products were not supplied with the required compliance documentation…
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys opening the Clare Water Safety rescue centre in Lahinch on Monday 18 July
A €6m revamp of Lahinch Leisure Centre in Co Clare, which includes a dedicated water safety centre, has been officially unveiled today (Monday 18 July) by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys. The newly redesigned family-friendly, state-of-the-art facility features a…
The RNLI’s water safety team with swimmers at Baginbun
As the summer season begins, Fethard RNLI’s new volunteer water safety officer Rebecca Doyle commenced her role by organising a swim safely clinic. Local swim group Hooked on Swimming and the local triathlon club attended the clinic, which was provided…
Chapter 8: Rowing Boats cover
In response to Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) recommendations, Marine Notice No 42 of 2022 from the Department of Transport draws attention to the safety advice and recommendations in Chapter 8 of the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation…
With the weather improving and more people going in or on the water, it is important to take some basic steps to stay safe while having fun to avoid a lifeboat callout
As a weekend of aquatic activity approaches, Water Safety Ireland, the Coast Guard and the RNLI have issued a joint appeal calling for caution at waterways nationwide. The appeal aims to reduce summer drownings and comes as figures released for…
Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft Chapter 7: Canoeing/Kayaking title page
Canoeists, kayakers and relevant organisations are again being encouraged by the Department of Transport to review Chapter 7 of the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft. This chapter gives advice to canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts on actions to…
DLRCoCo lifeguards at Killiney Beach
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is now recruiting qualified lifeguards for its beaches for the 2022 summer season. The DLRCoCo website lists qualifications and details for the role, which pays a wage of €12.18 per hour (plus appropriate differentials) for a Junior Lifeguard…
Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft
The Department of Transport has issued a reminder to all masters, owners and users of pleasure and recreational craft of the existence of the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft. As previously highlighted on Afloat.ie, the…
Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and jetski
As the June bank holiday approaches, the Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland have issued another joint water safety appeal — this time for the many thousands of people expected to take advantage of the break this weekend…
Comedians Darren Conway and Joe McGucken Come Aboard to Launch Dublin Port Company’s Water Safety Campaign Ahead of a Busy Summer. A recent survey showed that half of the Irish public admit to not being attuned to water safety
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has today launched a new water safety awareness campaign, bringing comedy stars Darren Conway and Joe McGucken aboard to help spread the important message. The campaign is being launched ahead of the bank holiday to help…
Rescue 116 attending the rescue of stranded walkers off Sandymount on Tuesday
Calls have been made for greater public awareness over the risks of incoming tides after three people were rescued off Sandymount earlier this week. A multi-agency response involving Dun Laoghaire RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard’s Dublin-based helicopter Rescue 116…
By taking a few simple steps, everyone can reduce the risk of an accident in or near the water and avoid a call out for the emergency services
In the lead up to the Easter bank holiday weekend, the Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland have issued a joint water safety appeal and are asking people to take some basic precautions to stay safe when they visit…
The RNLI has revealed lifeguard statistics from 2021 which show more people than ever visited a lifeguarded beach in Northern Ireland and needed the help of the charity’s lifesavers. During the season, lifeguard teams located on 11 beaches along the…
John Leech had been CEO of Water Safety Ireland for 21 years
The Chief Executive of Water Safety Ireland, the State organisation headquartered in Galway, has retired. John Leech had been CEO for 21 years. “When I joined the organisation the 10-year annual average of fatal drownings was 185, today it is…
Two storms have been named
With both Met Éireann and the UK’s Met Office predicting disruptive weather this week due to back-to-back storms, the RNLI has urged the public to be careful at the coast. The charity that saves lives at sea is encouraging people…
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