Covid-19

Returning To Water Safety...

Water Safety Ireland group courses and classes are postponed for the immediate future. This will remain the case while Ireland is in Levels 3, 4 or 5 of the Government’s National Framework for living with Covid-19. Group courses and classes can resume and take place in Level 1 and Level 2 only. In advance of any resumption and in line with current public health advice, there a number of new Covid-19 procedures which need to be completed by members, volunteers and participants. There are also a number of new procedures specifically related to Water Safety Area Committees.

Members/ Volunteers/ Participants...

All members engaging in Water Safety activities are required to complete Sport Ireland’s Covid-19: Return To Sport E-course in advance of the resumption of activities. It is mandatory for all members intending to engage in water safety activities to undertake the course prior to attending classes, including instructors and participants alike. The good news is that the e-course does not take long to complete. Topics covered include hygiene, group participation and other public health advice. Access to the e-course is available on the resources/forms section and Sport Ireland website here 
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Participants will be obliged to fill out our Supplementary Covid-19 Participant Enrolment Form prior to the commencement of activities. This is to be filled out in addition to the usual enrolment forms used by Water Safety Area Committees and only needs to be completed once. The form contains a series of 6 yes/no questions which will ultimately help prevent the spread of Covid-19 at our courses.
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All volunteers must complete the Volunteer Return To Water Safety Form, which is similar to the Supplementary Covid-19 Participant Enrolment Form, but is for specific use by our fantastic volunteers such as instructors and teachers.
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Upon arrival at the Water Safety activity/class, all participants will be asked to provide relevant contact information to the facilitator/chaperone for the purposes of filling out the Contract Tracing Record Attendance At WSI Activities form. This form does not take long to complete. Participants will be required to provide some basic contact details, which will be used in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19. Attendees will also be asked to verbally declare they do not have Covid-19 symptoms, that they are not self-isolating or awaiting results of a Covid-19 test, and that they will agree to absent themselves from WSI activities should either of these circumstances change.
NOTE: All forms can be found in the Resources/Forms section of this website.

Government 5 Level Plan

Group classes and courses can now only take place in areas of Ireland which are designated at Levels 1 and 2. Counties categorised in Levels 3, 4 and 5 are instructed to cancel all classes until the public health advice changes.
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The Resilience and Recovery 2020 – 2021: Plan for Living with Covid-19, details five possible levels of activity throughout society and business which aims to stop the spread of Covid-19.
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As part of the plan, gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open in Levels 1 and 2, with protective measures which take account of public health advice, including social distancing etc. In Level 3, gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open with protective measures but only for individual training. Finally, in Levels 4 and 5 gyms, leisure centres and pools are instructed to close. ... For those counties in Levels 1 and 2 who can conduct Water Safety classes, please continue to refer to the following information.

Online Safeguarding Training...

On the 1st of July 2020, it was made mandatory for all members to complete the new Online Safeguarding Training prior to the commencement of Water Safety Activities. NOTE: Water Safety Ireland members no longer need to be notified to commence this process and are directed to complete the training before returning to water safety activities.

What is the Return to Water Safety Plan?...

Water Safety Ireland has published it’s Returning To Water Safely plan, in line with the phased approach of the government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020 – 2021: Plan for Living with Covid-19. The plan outlines the water safety activities that can take place, aligned to the five stages of the government’s national strategy. Details of the Returning To Water Safely plan can be found here.

Procedures for First Aid

Find the most up to date guidelines in the document below: First Aid Guidelines for Lifeguards – Summer 2020 See more information: European Resuscitation Council COVID-19 Guidelines
Find below the most up to date information for resuscitation:
A handout outlining the correct resuscitation guidelines A presentation outlining the correct resuscitation guidelines A video outlining the correct resuscitation guidelines See more information: European Resuscitation Council COVID-19 Guidelines  

Affects on Lifesaving Sport...

Following on from our chairpersons letter in relation to the summer programs of lifesaving skills training and classes, the sports commission would like to update you on some of the implications for lifesaving sport here in Ireland for the remainder of 2020 as a result of Covid19 and a review of the Government’s Plan and guidelines.
Competitions...
Water Safety Ireland will not hold any further lifesaving sport competitions for any age group for the remainder of 2020, therefore the planned regional & national open water competitions are now cancelled.
Lifesaving Sport Training...
After reviewing the Government Road plan for Reopening Society & Business it has been decided that: There will be no Water Safety Ireland, sanctioned lifesaving sport training or use of Water Safety Area Committee (or lifesaving training centers) sports equipment for any nipper groups (8yr – 14yr) for the remainder of the year. Only when Phase 4 of the Government Road plan for Reopening Society & Business is enacted, currently planned for July 20th, can lifesaving sport training and use of Water Safety Area Committee (or lifesaving training centers) sports equipment for Juniors, Seniors, & Masters take place STRICTLY within HSE guidelines, and following the protocols that will be issued by Water Safety Ireland Sports Commission in advance of this phase. Before any lifesaving sport training can take place at this stage a written plan of how the protocols will be implemented must be submitted to the sports commission for approval by the area committee.
National Squads...
Due to the cancellation of the summer National competitions, the current 2020 National Squad will be extended for an additional year. Athletes who excelled in the 2020 National Stillwater Championships may be offered places onto the current squad later in the year. The composition of Regional squads will be reviewed later in the year and we will advise on this then. There will be no further Regional or National squad camps for the rest of 2020. These decisions have been very difficult to make but the health and safety of all competitors, coaches, officials and parents must take precedence at this time. (adapted from a statement from Water Safety Ireland’s – Sport Commission)

Classes Cancelled...Teach Lifesaving at home!

You can bring your children through a range of activities, puzzles, games and exercises that will give them lots of tips on how to stay safe when they eventually enjoy our wonderful waterways. Go to www.teachpaws.ie.