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Membership & Vetting


To become a member of IWS you can now apply online using the link below!

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Irish Water Safety has now replaced ‘paper vetting’ with a new on line or eVetting system.

eVetting replaces all previous paper vetting systems.  We are not permitted to operate a dual vetting system of paper and online vetting.  Please see below outline of eVetting steps.


NVB 1 - Vetting Invitation Form & ID Verification Form

NVB 3 - Parent/Guardian Consent Form

100 Point Checklist


Step 1 - Vetting Invitation Form & Verification of Identity

The identity of the Applicant is to be validated by a local Water Safety Area Committee Officer – Original forms of identification are presented, with copies, for verification. The Officer will sign copies, and the copies are then sent with the completed Invitation form to: 

Alison Elstone, NVB Liaison Person, Irish Water Safety, The Long Walk, Galway.  We cannot accept photocopied or scanned forms.

Do not send original documents by post. Irish Water Safety will not accept responsibility for originals sent by post.

  • 18 years and older:  Photo identity, proof of address, and proof of DOB. See 100 Point Verification System here.

Points are allocated to different forms of identification. Points must add up to 100 or greater.

  • Children under 18 years: Any one of the following – birth certificate, passport, written statement stating name, DOB, and address from school Principal.
  • Vetting subject unable to meet these criteria: Affidavit witnessed by Commissioner for Oaths.

Step 2: Vetting Application Link Emailed to Applicant

Irish Water Safety validates proof of identity and sends Vetting Subject an e-mail with link attached inviting him/her to complete a Vetting Application Form.


This link will expire after 30 days. The applicant will then have to re-apply to Irish Water Safety to resend the link.

A reminder Email is sent after 21 days if no reply has been received from the applicant.

Step 3: Online Completion of Vetting Form by Applicant

Vetting Subject completes Vetting Application Form online and submits it to Irish Water Safety.

Step 4: Review of Vetting Form by IWS & Submission to National Vetting Bureau

Irish Water Safety reviews Vetting Application Form and submits it to National Vetting Bureau.

Step 5: Disclosure sent to IWS

National Vetting Bureau processes the application and forwards a Vetting Disclosure to Irish Water Safety.

Irish Water Safety views the Vetting Disclosure and contacts the applicant, informing them of the outcome of the vetting application.

If you have any queries with regards this process, please contact Alison Elstone, NVB Liaison Person. Email: alison@iws.ie.

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