Water Safety for Schools

Water Safety Ireland has a free educational resource for primary schools called PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety). PAWS outlines life-saving guidelines for children of every age and is available digitally to every school in the country.

It teaches children how to be safe around water in homes, farms, pools, beaches and on our waterways.

Children can now learn water safety skills in the classroom.

With beautiful illustrations, a wealth of tips and advice, and all sorts of interactive games and puzzles to reinforce lessons learned, PAWS incorporates all aspects of the physical education aquatics strand of the primary school curriculum.

The PAWS programme has been developed in partnership with The Educational Company of Ireland. Their platform is already used daily by many teachers all over the country. English and Irish digital lesson books are available for each class band with interactive puzzles to match.

The lessons can be delivered in just a few hours of class time and on completion each class can receive a Water Safety Ireland – Primary Aquatics Water Safety Certificate.


Water Safety Ireland provides free certification for schools that teach the PAWS syllabus to their students.

To register your school, simply email paws@iws.ie outlining the certificates you require and the school you teach in. You will then receive a unique username and password to log into the system.

Once you have received these you can login to order your certs.