Water Safety Advice from Irish Coast Guard

Water Safety Advice from Irish Coast Guard
Today the Irish Coast Guard advised the public to ‘keep water safety in mind’ when taking part in outdoor activities this weekend, and all through the summer season. Declan Geoghegan, Manager of the Irish Coast Guard said: “With the warm weather forecast, our thoughts naturally go to enjoying the outdoors and outdoor activities. Whether you enjoy swimming, canoeing, surfing, angling, sail boarding, always remember to wear a Personal Flotation Device.”
“Personal Flotation Devices include lifejackets and buoyancy aids. It is vital to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid if your activity takes you near the water. This doesn’t just mean the sea – it includes lakes and rivers too. If you enjoy sports like jet skiing, windsurfing, water skiing and canoeing, wearing the appropriate Personal Floatation Device will give you added confidence when in the water. Also, in the event of an emergency, it will help you remain afloat while the Search and Rescue services locate you.
“Each year, the Irish Coast Guard is involved in many search and rescue incidents involving people in our seas, lakes and inland waterways. Wearing a Personal Flotation Device isn’t just commonsense, it’s basic advice that could save your life.”
Advice from the Coast Guard’s to stay safe on the water this summer is always remember to:
  • Never go out alone.
  • Be able to swim. Get the proper training to stay safe.
  • Never go out on the water having consumed alcohol.
  • Familiarise yourself with the local area, be aware of your own capabilities and that of your craft.
  • Check your equipment before you set off and tell someone where you are going and what time you will be back.
  • Never go out when darkness is approaching.
“Water sports are a wonderful way to get outdoors and enjoy a popular pastime. Before you get out there on the water, check out Safety on the Water at: You can view guidelines and advice on most forms of water activity. Finally, always remember to wear a Personal Flotation Device – it could save your life.”
If you see someone in difficulty on the water, remember to dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.
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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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