The Republic of Ireland (ROI) boasts 1,970 miles of coastline, 43 miles of waterways, 3,192 rivers and more than 12,000 lakes.
Drowning is considered prevalent in ROI and a huge cause for concern.
On average over 120 people drown in the Republic of Ireland every year, that’s 10 people every month.
Many more suffer injury from non-fatal drowning, often with life-changing effects.
In 2017, 109 people lost their lives to drowning, twice as many as those who died in fires, and more than three times the number of pedestrian fatalities
Type of fatality in the Republic of Ireland in 2017.
We believe that the key to preventing drowning across Ireland and the UK is to educate people on how they can enjoy water safely; raising awareness about the potential dangers around water and teaching them what to do in an emergency.
To learn how to keep yourself and your family safe around water, click HERE to access our water safety advice.
We have produced a range of FREE downloadable activities for schools and youth groups, ranging from classroom-based workshops to outdoor PE and orientation sessions, as well as a host of pool-based resources for leisure centres and swim schools.
Click HERE to register and access the resource page.
A Community Drowning Prevention Coordinator operates in ROI, running events and campaigns specifically targeted to raising awareness of water safety to local communities.
To find out more about our campaigns and how you can get involved, click HERE.
We run a wide range of programmes, including those that teach:
To find out more about our programmes click HERE.
Do you want to help keep ROI’s beaches and pools safe, whilst establishing a career that provides flexibility, skills progression, and opportunities to work abroad?
Click HERE to find out more about our range of national qualifications.