Irish Water Safety Council & Commissions. Working Groups are appointed within each.

Click HERE for a map of the following structure

The Council

  1. Martin O'Sullivan, Chairman
  2. Seamus O'Neill, Vice-Chairman
  3. Michael Cuddihy
  4. Lola O'Sullivan
  5. Clare McGrath
  6. Paul Murphy
  7. Tom Doyle
  8. Philip Keleghan
  9. Anne Ryan
  10. Karen Morton
  11. Peter Cleere
  12. Anastasia Ward
  13. Conor Coyne

The Technical Committee

The Technical Committee works closely with Rescue, Lifesaving, Swimming, IRB and the Sport’s Commission. The Commission’s recommendations are forwarded to the Technical Committee for consideration and onward recommendation or otherwise to Council.

      Chair – Seamus O’Neill

      Vice Chair – Michael Cuddihy

      Member – Paul Murphy   

      Member – Ronnie Horan

      Member – Breda Collins

      Member – Clare McGrath


Co-ordinate and monitor the work of all Technical Commissions
Review all Technical Commission recommendations and forward as appropriate all suitable recommendations to Council for approval
Review all Lifesaving syllabi & publications
Manage the bi-annual IWS Examiners Conference
Identify and Prioritise the new projects with Commissions


Audit and HR Commission:

Chair - Tom Doyle

Member – Tom Keating

Member – Paul Burke

Member – Peter Cleere

Member – Joan Harte

Member – John Leech

Member – Conor Coyne

Chief Executive Officer – Member

Finance Officer - Secretary



Monitoring Expenditure and Income
Internal Financial Controls & Risk Management
Internal Audits
External Audits
HR Matters
Define an approach for the continuation of management development for both existing and new staff
Health & Safety
National & International meeting and conferences


Marketing Commission:

Chair & Secretary - Roger Sweeney

Vice Chair – Leo Mahon

Member – Karen Morton

Member - Gerry Brennan

Member - Fiona Lynch



Produce marketing and promotional material as outlined within the S.I., Strategic Development Plan & Business Plan
Source forms of sponsorship
Market the  IWS Brand
Standardisation of merchandise – certificates, etc.
Standardisation and publication of Books, Manuals, Leaflets, Posters
Manage the strategy for Press releases
Monitor Press Cuttings
Ensure that IWS is well represented at exhibitions countrywide
Liaise with RoSPA & the Marine Safety Working Group
Promotion of public awareness of Water Safety
Assist in organising National Ceremonies, Conferences & Events
Represent IWS at LAMA Awards
Promote the wearing of Lifejackets.
Develop the commercial strand to our organisation; improve branding and PR
Analyse drowning statistics


Rescue Commission:

Chair -  Ronnie Horan

Secretary - Valerie Stundon

Member – Daithi Flood

Member - Ger Keeling



Promote Blue Flag safety standards and other aquatic environmental issues
Manage Risk Assessments at local, national & international level
Manage the VAT Exemption Inspections as per S.I. 249 of 2013
Manage the SEIKO JIT Rescue Award
Training of CRBI personnel in rescue on inland and maritime waters
Liaise with Community Rescue Boats Ireland
Carry out usage tests on rescue equipment & review documentation
Manage the Open Water Safety Awareness courses


Sport Commission:

Clare McGrath – Chair

Member – Simon McGarrigle

Member – Bernie Gaines



Improve liaison with Swim Ireland in regards to our NGB funding   
Improve liaison with the Federation of Irish Sport
Improve liaison with Coaching Ireland
Manage International and National Competitions
Train & appoint Coaches, Referees and Officials
Ensure all WADA regulations are enforced for our athletes
Recommend Sports Equipment
Manage International Life Saving Sport & Competitions
Promote and develop lifesaving sport in Ireland
Liaison with the Olympic Council of Ireland
Draw up procedures for all activities and competitions


Lifeguard Commission:

Chair - Paul Murphy

V/Chair - Sean O’Keeffe

Member – John Claffey

Member – Eamon Owens



The promotion of efficiency and standardisation of the Lifeguard Service
The improvement of national standards for Lifeguards
All matters dealing with Lifeguards (Pool, Beach, River)
Recommend national standard for all lifesaving equipment
The provision of instruction in water safety, rescue, resuscitation and recovery skills
Ensure European Resuscitation Council guidelines are adhered to by our membership
Liaison with PHECC
The provision of instruction in water safety, rescue, resuscitation and recovery skills.
European Qualification Framework in Lifeguarding
Critical Incident Stress Management


Education Commission:

Chair - Lola O’Sullivan

Vice Chair TBA - Martin Kavanagh

Secretary - Eileen Kelly

Member - Eileen Sayers

EDO / Member - Oisin Foden (may be required to attend)



Promotion of measures, including the advancement of education, related to the prevention of accidents in the aquatic environment
Maintain and develop training and water safety awareness programmes within the Irish Educational System.
Develop a Transition Year water safety programme
Develop the Teachers Training Courses
Development of further FETAC  awards
Review and update all Children’s welfare, protection & educational documents
Arrange seminars for Designated Liaison Persons
Liaise with the Dept of Education to maximise water safety awareness training and public awareness programmes.
Manage, monitor and enforce best practices in accordance with Children First and our own Code of Ethics for children and all relevant legislation pertaining to child welfare and protection.


Swimming Commission:

Chair - Breda Collins

Vice Chair - John Farrell

Member – Deirdre Webster

Member - Clive Seawright



The provision of instruction in Swimming in order to teach lifesaving
Train & examine Swimming teachers and Tutors to National Standards
Manage the Annual Water Safety Area Committee Officers Conference
Improve membership and communication with WSAC’s
Monitor standards of Governance of WSAC’s
Represent IWS at IFSTA
Ensure IWS is represented on the White Flag Jury
Implement a programme of risk assessments in swimming pools
Evaluate the number of Swim Certificates in IWS
Review all swimming related documents and update as necessary


Inshore Rescue Boats (IRB) Commission:

Chair - Michael Cuddihy

Member - Patrick O’Grady

Member – Paul Pearson

Member - Kevin McCloskey



Develop a syllabus for training lifeguards in the use of IRB’s

Arrange training courses for Lifeguards in the use of IRB’s
Assist in the management of the WSDO’s Conference
Manage National & International IRB Competitions
Arrange for safety cover at all IWS events & competitions where such cover is required.
VHF Radio short range courses.


Working Groups

Suicide WG

Chair - Anne Ryan

Sarah O’Malley Daly

Jocelyn Cunningham


Open Water Awareness WG

Chair - Fergus O’Neill

Member - Brendan Devlin

Member - John Claffey

Member - Jim Riordan



Chair - Colm Dempsey

Member - Jocelyn Cunningham

Member – Ita Richardson

Member – Pauline Jordan


Swimming Pool RA WG

Chair - Tom Doyle

Member - Brendan McGrath

Member – Clive Seawright

Member – Lola O’Sullivan


Strategic Development Plan WG

Chair - Martin O’Sullivan

Member - Seamus O’Neill

Member - John Leech

Member - Roger Sweeney

Member - Karen Morton

Member – Anastasia Ward



Chair - Philip Keleghan

Member – John Leech

Member – Roger Sweeney


Internal Auditors

Tom Keating

Paul Burke


National DLP


Paul Burke

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