Irish Water Safety              PAWS 2015

Thank you to Graham Kerr who visited schools in the Cork city and harbour area last June, to deliver the PAWS programme. Among the schools where Water Safety was taught this year were Scoil Nioclais Frankfield, St Anthony's Boys N.S., Eglantine Girls N.S., Scoil Padre Pio Churchfield, Gaelscoil Ghort Alainn, Gaelscoil Mhachan, Star of the Sea Passage West and Monkstown N.S. See below for photos! If your school is interested please email Cork Water Safety!

About PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety)

Aquatics is a component part of the Physical Education Strand of the Primary School Curriculum. Irish Water Safety has developed a course that incorporates all aspects of the Aquatics Strand – called PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety). This programme was specially tailored for primary school pupils and is exclusive to schools.  Teachers have the ability to certify their pupils with nationally recognised awards from our programme that is recommended by the Department of Education and Science. Teachers can take their class through the first three awards without going near water - Land PAWS 1, 2 and 3. These awards consist of theory of water safety - safe swimming, safety on the farm, safety on open water etc. The awards become more detailed as the pupils progress (Land PAWS 2 and 3) - simulated rescues on land, e.g. throwing a rescue rope into a designated area National PAWS Certificates are issued free of charge from Irish Water Safety, the statutory voluntary body established to promote water safety in Ireland. Through PAWS pupils not only learn how to swim they also learn to understand and appreciate the water. They also have fun through the water-based games that are involved in the programme. After completing the PAWS Programme pupils will have the ability to swim, interact with others, and most importantly be responsible around water. As with normal Swimming Lessons children learn how to swim with PAWS but they gain so much more with this programme. Aspects covered in the PAWS Programme range from Water Safety Knowledge to Survival Skills to basic Rescue Skills. The new water safety website for primary school teachers, pupils and parents - Here you will find clear, simple water safety messages with additional material for use in classrooms and free certificates for children. Primarily designed for delivery in primary schools, this resource will help to change the attitudes and behaviours of children playing in, on and near our aquatic environments. Thirty children aged fourteen and under drowned in a decade. If you are a schoolteacher, please allocate some class time to our new site before the summer holidays. Show them this website and together we can make the next decade of aquatic activities safe and enjoyable for all - children and adults alike. Irish Water Safety - caring for children in your care Scroll through the photos below to see some of the many children in Cork who have completed the PAWS programme.

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