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Contae an Cláir.

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


We are ONLINE for registration.

(being piloted in White Strand, Miltown Malbay only for 2018)


Clare Water Safety (CWS) will run classes at White Strand, Miltown Malbay as follows:

Week 1 Monday, 2nd – Friday, 6th July, 2018

Rescue 1-4 with B.L.S. 2 & 3, Survival, Safety 1*, 2, 3 & 4 (Safety 4 with B.L.S. 1)


Week 2 Monday, 16th – Friday, 20th July, 2018

Seal 1, 2, Marlin 6, 7/8, 9, 10 & Safety 1*   

*Safety 1 will run Week 1 & Week 2 (register your child for Safety 1 for which ever week suits you best).                    


Register online and view class times here... ON-LINE REGISTRATION


Also check out our FaceBook page for updates at IrishWaterSafetyClare


The local organisers will hold a registration day at the Lifesaving Training Centre in White Strand on Sunday, July 1st from 11-3 but why not avoid the car and the paper and register online.


Looking forward to seeing you at White Strand, Miltown Malbay

for a great swim.  


Surf Lifesaving Registration


Registration for Nippers, Juniors and Seniors takes place on Sunday 24th June in Whitestrand, Miltown Malbay.

  • Time: Registration:10-11.30  Training/Swim assessment:11.30
  • Date: Sunday 24th June 2018
  • Location: upstairs in the Lifesaving Training Centre


Age groups:

  • Little Nippers - age 8 to 11 (born 2007-2010)
  • Big Nippers - age 12 to 14 (born 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Juniors - age 14 to 16 (born 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Youth - age 16 to 19
  • Senior - 16yrs+
  • Masters - 30yrs +


Current members will register, pay membership fee then train at 11.30

New members will register & then do the 'swim assessment' at 11.30 before paying their membership if successful.


Membership is dependent primarily on:

  1. Competitors being confident in the open water
  2. Competitors being able to swim approx 100m, head down mainly
  3. Competitors committing to competing for their club at the Provincial & National competiton if they qualify out of Munster.


Training for Nippers will be Tuesdays & Saturdays with 3 or 4 important 'competition days' being on a few Thursdays. All dates &times will be available at registration.


Cost: €85 for 1, €160 for 2, €65 per child after that, payable to Irish Water Safety Clare

This fee includes competition entry fees (€20 Nippers, €30 Juniors), membership of Irish Water Safety (insurance €10), Clare Water Safety swim Hat (€10) and use of club equipment if needs be.


Reg form will be available here soon, and will be emailed out to current members, along with training times for the summer


Upcoming courses 2018:

Beach Lifeguard Revalidations:

Mid June... date TBC

White Strand, Miltown

Time: 2pm till 7pm approx.

Cost: €90

Bring wetsuit, hat, swim fins


Miltown Malbay (White Strand)

2nd July 2018: Rescue 1-4, Survivals & Safety 2-4 classes

16th July: Seal, Marlin & Safety 1 swimming classes

Registration: 1st July for both weeks in White Strand, Miltown Malbay



16th & 23rd July 2018

Seal & Marlin swim classes, Safety & Rescue classes


Cappa, Kilrush

30th July & 6th Aug 2018 (Confirmed)


Flagmount (DATE CHANGE)

23rd July & 30th July 2018 (confirmed)


Doonbeg (White Strand)

30th July 2018 (to be confirmed)

Seals, Marlin & Safety classes



13th Aug 2018 (confirmed)

Will extend into 2nd week for Rescue classes

For details, go to 'Water Safety Classes' section


Competitions 2018:

  • National Junior, Senior & Master Stillwater Championships - 10&11 Feb in UL Results: Clare yeams won the Men's, Ladies, Girls & Boys trophies... an awesome start to the year!! Well done everyone.


  • National Nipper Stillwater - 22nd April in the NAC, Dublin. Results: Little Nippers won the National title & trophy... Big nippers lost out to Donegal & Cork by just 7 points... super effortas from everyone!


  • Munster Nipper/Junior Surf Lifesaving - Youghal 10 or 11 Aug 2018
  • National Nipper/Youth Surf Lifesaving Championships - Kilkee, Co.Clare, 24&25th August 2018
  • European Junior Championships: 10-15 Sept 2018, Kilkee, Co.Clare
  • National Senior/Masters Championship: 1st September



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.


A Timely Rescue in Spanish Point

We have had fabulous weather mid June, though for two people one sunny weekend nearly ended in tragedy.


Clare County Council Lifeguards continued to keep visitors to our beautiful beaches and lakes safe by managing the swimming areas and advising members of the public.

However, with lots of waves in Spanish Point, Lahinch and Fanore, the rip currents there were particularly dangerous. Two adults swimming in Spanish Point at 19.20, twenty minutes after the Lifeguard service ended, swam into a large rip current which pulled them away from shore. Two off-duty Lifeguards, Bernard & Roisín Cahill, while driving past the beach, spotted the swimmers, recognised the danger and carried out a timely rescue.

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