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Marine Safety Working Group

Safetyonthewater.ie was set up as an initiative of the Marine Safety Working Group. The aim of the group is to promote water safety. The group is made up of a number of organisations representing statutory bodies, search & rescue organisations and water users.


The Marine Safety Working Group (MSWG) was established in 1996 under the initiative of the then Minister for the Marine. The aim of the MSWG is to use its collective expertise of various professional and amateur bodies to create and communicate marine safety information and messages, particularly to the recreational user, and to endeavour to reduce accidents and to prevent the loss of life on Irish Waters. 

DTTAS.ie LogoDepartment of
Transport, Tourism and Sport

Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 6041000
The government department responsible for safety of life at sea & prevention of pollution from ships.
Irish Coast Guard LogoIrish Coast Guard
Leeson Lane, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 6785444
In an emergency call 999 or 112
and ask for the Coast Guard.
Responsible for co-ordination & implementation of marine search and rescue operations, pollution control & marine radio communications in Irish waters.
Irish Water Safety LogoIrish Water Safety
The Long Walk, Galway
Tel: 1890 420202 (LoCall)
The Irish Water Safety Association is the statutory
body established to promote water safety in Ireland.
We offer courses nationwide that develop skills in
swimming, survival and rescue. We recommend
that all members of the public learn to swim.
Irish Sailing Association LogoIrish Sailing Association
3 Park Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co.
Tel: (01) 2800239
We are the governing body representing sailing,
windsurfing, powerboating and personal watercraft
in Ireland. We offer a range of training courses for
all types of recreational boaters through our network of affiliated clubs and ISA Training Centres.

Royal National Lifeboat

Airside, Swords
Co. Dublin
Tel: 1800 789589

We are the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteer lifeboat crews operate a 24/7search and rescue and flood rescue service. Our Coastal Safety team helps keep people safe on the water and around the coast by offering good advice, education and awareness campaigns. As a charity, all our lifesaving work is funded by donations and legacies.

BIM LogoBord Iascaigh Mhara
PO Box 12, Crofton Road,
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 2845144
We are the principal development agency for the
Irish seafood Industry and promote safe working
practices for the industry which involves Fisheries
training for both new entrants and practitioners,
developing codes of practice, production of training
materials and trials of preventative measures against
risk on board fishing vessels.
HSA LogoHealth & Safety Authority
The Metropolitan Building, James Joyce Street, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 6147000 or (LoCall) 1890 289389
The Health and Safety Authority promotes and enforces good standards in workplace safety. Working with employer and worker representatives it seeks to ensure that those in control of workplaces adopt safe working practices, as required by law.
Waterways Ireland LogoWaterways Ireland
20 Darling Street, Enniskillen,
BT74 7EW, Northern Ireland
Tel: 048-66323004 (from R.O.I.)
028-66323004 (from N.I.)
Waterways Ireland is a North/South body responsible for the management, maintenance, development and restoration of inland navigable waterways, principally for recreation purposes. The body has its headquarters in Enniskillen, with regional offices in Scariff, Carrick-on-Shannon and Dublin.
Met Eireann LogoMet Eireann
Glasnevin Hill
Dublin 9
Tel: 01 8064200
Met Eireann is the Irish National Meteorological Service and
is attached to the Department of the Environment, Heritage
and Local Government. It is the leading provider of weather
information and related services for Ireland.