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Now every child can learn basic water safety skills in the classroom

 
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Water Safety Ireland’s PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) programme has been totally refreshed. PAWS outlines life-saving guidelines for children of every age and is now available digitally to every school in the country. 


Written and designed for different age groups, with beautiful illustrations, a wealth of tips and advice, and all sorts of interactive games and puzzles to reinforce lessons learned, PAWS incorporates all aspects of the physical education aquatics strand of the primary school curriculum. 


Developed in partnership with The Educational Company of Ireland, English and Irish digital lesson books are available for each class band with interactive puzzles to match. The lessons can be delivered in just a few hours of class time and on completion each class can receive an Irish Water Safety Primary Aquatics Water Safety Certificate. 

 

Choose your class level to access whiteboard sized lesson books, puzzles and games

 

To certify your class…

 

To order Water Safety Ireland PAWS certificates for your primary school class, you will need your school’s username and password.
Simply email paws@iws.ie with your school‘s name and address to retrieve yours.

 
 

KNOW THE FLAGS. KNOW WHERE AND WHEN IT IS SAFE TO SWIM.


Follow these simple tips and enjoy every minute together on our beautiful beaches, rivers and lakes.

1

Children Love THE Water So Teach Them These Lessons.

2.

Swim within your depth. Stay within your depth.

3.

Swim at Lifeguarded waterways, listed on our main site.

4.

Always wear a lifejacket when on or near the water.

 

5.

Alcohol is a factor in 1/3 of drownings. Don't mix it with water activities.

 

 

For specific advice on different situations, click on any of the leaflet links below.

 

 
 

JUST IN TIME

In a series of heartfelt films, brave rescuers tell their stories to highlight the many and often unexpected ways people find themselves in difficulty in water.

 
 
 

If you see someone in difficulty, these simple steps may save a life:

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SHOUT

Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough.

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REACH

Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself.

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THROW

Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard.

 

Martin Cullinane saves two boys aged 5 and 6 from drowning in cold water at Passage West, Co Cork. His story is a warning for all. No one should suffer drowning.