About Us & Sports Commission

Sporting activities is administered by the Sports Commission within WSI.


In 1948 it was decided that Ireland would follow a European initiative and create the sport of lifesaving based on the skills and equipment used in lifeguarding. Currently 168 countries are affiliated to International life saving which controls the sport worldwide.

In 1950 the President, Sean T. O’Ceallaig decided to present a very large silver trophy to Irish Water Safety for competition among the counties of Ireland and this award is still the premier award associated with our National Championships.

National championships are now divided into two sections, pool and surf and this year will include nippers, juniors, seniors and masters.

Make sure to connect with us on:


Rules for Lifesaving Training Centres

Rules for WSI Competitions

WSI Development PlanFor Lifesaving Sport 2017 - 2020


Real Winner - an e-learning education programme in Anti-Doping

Irish Sports Council


The Sport's Commission


Clare McGrath

Commission Members:

Simon McGarrigle

James Hassey

Gary Knox

Anders Ingelsten


National Squad Development:

Brendan McGrath

Triona McMenamin

Oisin McGrath


Daniel Wrafter

Public Relations:

Roger Sweeney - +353 (0)91 564400

Keeper of Records:

Andrew Lally - Junior/Senior

Daniel Wrafter - Masters

IWS Website - Sports Section:

James Hassey


For further information on Lifesaving Sport:


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