Did you know that 76 people drowned in Ireland last year? With the good weather forecast for the days ahead, please be aware of safety at or near water and stay safe.
- Beware of rip currents. They can be difficult to spot and take you away from the shore. If caught in one, never swim against the current, swim parallel to the shore until you leave it, then swim back ashore more details here https://watersafety.ie/open-water-swimming/
- There have been no swimming lessons for 15 months, so know your limits. Swim at lifeguarded waterways. Swim between the flags and stay within your depth.
- Keep your family safe by never using inflatable toys on open water and always supervise children closely.
- As you socially-distance, avoid swimming in unfamiliar areas that are potentially unsafe. If a waterway is crowded, go for a walk and swim when it is less crowded.
- Before you get out on the water on a craft, get into a lifejacket. Always wear a lifejacket when paddle boarding, angling or boating and make sure it has a correctly fitting crotch strap. Check local tides, currents and weather forecast before going out, leave word ashore of your plans, have a means of communication i.e., a mobile phone or a handheld VHF radio in a waterproof container.
- Never mix alcohol with water activities. Even though pubs have yet to fully reopen, do not be tempted to drink near, on or around water. Alcohol is a factor in one third of drownings.
- When walking the shoreline be aware that incoming tides can lead to stranding.
- Know The Lifeguard Flags: No Lifeguard flag means that there is no Lifeguard on duty. A red flag means that a Lifeguard is on duty but has deemed conditions to be too unsafe to swim. The red and yellow flags mean a Lifeguard is on duty and the Lifeguard is patrolling between those flags.