Membership and Vetting

If you would like to become a member of WSI and help us in our goal to prevent tragic drownings through education and promotion please read the information below.


To become a member of WSI you can now apply online using the link below:

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WSI have redeveloped its safeguarding course and from July 1st 2020 all WSI members must complete the following steps:

  • Sign up to and complete the TUSLA “Children First” E-course and email a copy of the certificate to the local cert secretary.
  • You will then be issued with a link to complete the WSI Safeguarding module. Once this is completed you will receive a certificate via email.


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

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act commenced on the 29th of April 2016 and provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake certain work or activities relating to children or vulnerable persons or to provide certain services to children or vulnerable persons.

Unfortunately no information can be exchanged between organisations. 

Vetting disclosures from other organisations will not be taken into consideration.

Please see below outline of eVetting steps.

eVetting Forms

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, Water Safety Ireland, The Long Walk, Galway.  We cannot accept photocopied or scanned forms.

Do not send original documents by post. Water Safety Ireland 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

Water Safety Ireland 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 Water Safety Ireland 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

Water Safety Ireland 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 Water Safety Ireland.

Water Safety Ireland 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: