No Splashing! Teaching Water Safety in the Primary Classroom

Course Overview

Water Safety Ireland's Summer Course aims to give teachers the toolkit to confidently teach PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) programme. The course also supports the teaching of water safety as part of the Strand Myself, Strand Unit Safety and Protection (Personal Safety) in the SPHE programme.

It aims to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of water safety at sea, on inland waterways, on the farm, in swimming pools and at home, through the use of factual information and local evidence of water safety incidents. Teachers will explore lesson content exemplars and teaching methodologies and provide a variety of resources suitable for teaching and discussing water safety.

Learn how water safety lessons can be evaluated and assessed and how it may be situated within the context of the school self-evaluation process. The course will also enable teachers to enhance their awareness of their own safety when in, on and near water

learning outcomes

  • Engage in a variety of active learning practices and methodologies to support learning in SESE Subjects
  • Use technology to support learning in SESE subjects.
  • Create engaging STEM and STEAM activities and challenges in the classroom.
  • Critically reflect on the teaching and learning within their SESE classes and explore leading SESE within schools.

About the Author

Water Safety Ireland

Water Safety Ireland is the statutory body established to promote water safety in Ireland. Our role is to educate people in water safety best practices. We develop public awareness campaigns to promote necessary attitudes, rescue skills and behaviour to prevent drownings and water related accidents.

Course Access & Certification

This course runs from Monday 1st July - Friday 16th August.

Registration is now open and the last date for registration is Wednesday 14th August.

Access to the course closes at 5pm on 16th August for all participants.


This course is approved for E.P.V. certification by the Department of Education

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