Always try and swim on beaches or at locations where lifeguards are on duty. Never swim alone.

Water Safety Tips                 

Don’t swim just after eating
Never swim in the dark, or when you are hot or tired
Avoid swimming in strange places
Never swim out to sea after drifting objects
Don’t stay in the water too long
Never swim out to sea
Always swim parallel and close to the shore
Obey lifeguards and swim between lifeguard flags
Exercise caution when using inflatable toys
Pay attention to signs on the beach
Never encourage others or make them take risks in the water
Those going sailing or using other water craft must always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aids.


More information on Water Safety in Cork can be found here.

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Cork County Council‘s Beach Lifeguard Service lowered their flags

Following a very busy 2020 bathing season, Cork County Council‘s Beach Lifeguard Service lowered their flags on Sunday, 13th September and have extended their gratitude to the people of Cork and visitors to the coast for their continued cooperation. 

The lifeguard’s role is to ensure that the public have a safe and pleasant experience on the beaches of the Cork County coast. This summer season, the Council’s Beach Lifeguard Service carried out 12 rescues, provided first aid on 465 occasions, prevented 5,275 accidents and recorded provision of advice a total of 20,051 times.

As the lifeguard season has come to an end, the public are reminded to take extra care and caution around water and remember to dial 999 or 112 in case of an emergency.

Launch of Water Safety Comic

Cork County Council has also launched a Water Safety Comic, developed by the Council’s Beach Lifeguard Team Members. The comic is based on Water Safety Ireland’s 14 steps to keeping safe around water. The colourful publication features members of the East Cork Beach Lifeguards team providing water safety tips for everyone, while enhancing young beach user’s knowledge on the dangers of using inflatables in open water, the importance of adult supervision around water and the importance of staying between the “red over yellow flags” when at the beach. The comics will form part of Cork County Council’s Water & Road Safety Pack that will be distributed to Primary Schools across Cork County over the next 12 months.


The “Find a Ring Buoy” initiative has seen the identification of Loc8codes of all ring buoys in Cork County to facilitate faster emergency response, as well as the development of a map of ring buoy locations countywide. Members of the public can find the nearest ring buoy and it’s Loc8code to provide to emergency services should an accident occur nearby. The map can be accessed via the following link: Find a Ring Buoy Map.

A QR Code for the map will also be displayed at each lifeguard station next season and will be added to each ring buoy location on a phased basis.