Irish Water Safety Commissions.

Working Groups are appointed within each.


The Technical Committee


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 Annual IWS Examiner’s Conference
Identify and prioritise new projects


Rescue Commission:


Promote Blue Flag safety standards and other aquatic environmental issues
Manage Risk Assessments at local, national & international level
Manage the VAT Inspections and run the training courses for Community Rescue Boats Ireland (CRBI)
Manage the SEIKO JIT Rescue Award
Assist in Rescue on Inland and maritime Waters
Liaise with Community Rescue Boats Ireland
Test rescue equipment
Liaison with Irish Marine Search & Rescue Committee
Develop and rollout a Safety Awareness Programme for those employed near aquatic environments.


Marketing Commission:


Produce marketing and promotional material as outlined within the S.I. and Strategic Development Plan
Standardisation of merchandise such as certificates, books, manuals, leaflets, posters and online.
Manage the strategy for press releases
Ensure that IWS is well represented at exhibitions countrywide
Liaise with RoSPA & the Marine Safety Working Group
Promotion of the public awareness of water safety
Assist in organising national ceremonies, conferences & events
Represent IWS at LAMA
Market the IWS Brand
Monitor Press Cuttings
Source sponsorship
Promote the wearing of lifejackets.  
Develop the commercial strand to our organisation; improve branding and public relations.
Liaise with the Charles Thomson Award
 Analyze drowning statistics


Sports Commission:


Liaison to Swim Ireland, Federation of Irish Sport and Coaching Ireland
Manage National and International Competitions
Develop Life Saving Clubs nationwide
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 sports activities and competitions



Lifesaving & Lifeguarding Commission:


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
Train Lifeguards in rescue crafts
Water Safety Development Officers Conference
The provision of instruction in water safety, rescue, resuscitation and recovery skills
European Qualification Framework in Lifeguarding


Education Commission:


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
Manage the Teachers Training Courses
Development of further FETAC  awards
Manage all Children’s interests
Review and update all Children’s and educational documents
Arrange seminars for Designated 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.


Swimming Commission:


The provision of instruction in swimming in order to teach lifesaving
Liaise with Swim Ireland in relation to swimming standards
Train & examine Swimming Instructors and Tutors
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
Monitor Swimming Pool Standards
Develop a document and template for Risk Assessment in swimming pools
Evaluate the number of Swim Certificates in IWS
Develop better communications with ILAM

Audit Commission:


Monitoring Expenditure and Income
Internal Financial Controls & Risk Management
Internal Audits
HR Matters
Define an approach for the continuation of management development for both existing and new staff
Health & Safety
National & International Travel
Develop strategies to increase membership
Recommend National & International Appointments
Improve links with Local Authorities, meet more County Managers and County Councillors

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