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Primary - Water Safety Flag

PAWS Resource Pack for Schools

Cork Sports Partnership, on behalf of Cork County Council, is currently accepting expressions of interest for the Water Safety Awareness programme from primary and secondary schools in Cork County.

Since 2015, 139 Water Safety Flags were awarded to Cork schools and feedback from these successful schools has been overwhelmingly positive. Check out some of the programme feedback by clicking here

The Cork County Council Water Safety Awareness Flag is a programme for Primary & Post Primary Schools actively promoting safety around water.  The fundamentals are based on the Irish Water Safety Primary Aquatics Water Safety (PAWS) Programme. 

The programme provides a FUN & INTERACTIVE introduction to awareness of personal safety around water for children of all ages. It combines teamwork, skill, reflection, and the opportunity to participate in experiential learning through interactive activities, board games, card games, books, worksheets, art, project work & presentations.

What is involved in the programme?

There are a number of steps for schools to secure their places on the programme. 

  • Step 1: School registers to participate in the Cork Co. Council Schools Safety Flag Programme by filling out the registration form and returning it to Cork Sports Partnership.
  • Step 2: Registration will be acknowledged by the Cork County Council Water & Road Safety Development Officer, Caroline Casey.
  • Step 3: Date, time & classes to participate will be agreed between the school and Caroline.
  • Step 4: The senior classes in the school will be trained by Caroline to do some peer learning with the younger children through using resources, holding activity days & role modelling safe behaviour themselves. Programme is rolled out in the school as agreed in advance.
  • Step 5:  Sustainability of Safety Education Commitment in the school is discussed & agreed. Thinking Safety, using our Common Sense, taking responsibility for our actions & taking 30 seconds to self-assess before making decisions becomes part of the schools ethos. 
  • Step 6:  The school will be invited to an Award Ceremony in County Hall where they will receive their much coveted Cork Co. Council Safety Flag from The Mayor of Co. Cork. 
  • All stages will be completed in a practical manner with the least amount of disruption to the school day as possible.  The learning outcomes will be invaluable for the pupil’s everyday lives.  These are Life Skills.


So what resources does my school get in return for taking part in the programme?
  • 1 x Water Safety Awareness Flag & Certificates

  • 5 x Board Games based on Water, Road & Farm Safety Fundamentals.

  • 1 x Water Safety Card Game

  • 1 x Reader “Sally & Jake Wise up around Water” & worksheets.

  • 1 X Reader “Sally & Jake on The Farm” & worksheets.

  • Irish Water Safety PAWS pack with posters, leaflets, magazine & CD.

  • Road Safety Story Book written by Co. Cork School Children.

  • Junior Water & Road Safety Officer Handbooks for the Schools Safety Squad. 

  • Presentation that the Senior Students can use to teach the younger children in the school.
How much does the programme cost?

The programme is FREE to participating schools. However, schools are required to commit to actively promoting water safety in their school outside of the programme. The programme is funded by Cork County Council. PAWS resources are provided by Irish Water Safety. 

How do I sign my school up for the programme?


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Cork County Council - Water Safety Flag

Please fill out the form below to register your interest in the schools water safety programme.
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If you would rather submit a hard copy to register for the programme, download by clicking here

I want to show someone else in my school the programme before signing up...

Click here to download programme outline, application form, sustainability requirements.


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