Seal of approval: they are amiable but keep your distance. Illustration: Michael Viney

The distant, Labradorian regard from a grey seal or two will furnish a holiday memory for many who walk the cliffs and coves of the Wild Atlantic Way (...)

Portuguese man o’war jellyfish. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The infamous Portuguese man o’war and other nasty species of jellyfish are expected to soon arrive on Irish shores. Last year there were a number of(...)

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is releasing two videos as part of a new drowning prevention campaign. Photograph: Getty Images/Design Pics 1:08

Dangerously unpredictable conditions in water and the impact of “cold shock” are themes of two hard-hitting film clips which the Royal National Lifebo(...)

Statistically, most drownings occur during bathing or walking along coastlines, according to a review for IWS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times/ File photo

When the moon is full and tides are high, the coastline can be a more hazardous location than being out to sea. Parts of the Atlantic seaboard are par(...)

Meadow area on the Shannon near Athlone. Irish Water Safety have warned of risks following death of 14-year-old who had been swimming in the river. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish Water Safety has made a plea to primary schools to teach basic water-safety skills in time for the summer, following the death of a 14-year-old (...)

Children run with their kites during the Dublin Kitefest at Dollymount beach in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Following a wet and miserable May, the sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds and warmer temperatures set to continue into next week. Wed(...)

The accident happened at the renowned Wormhole on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands off Galway, last week. Photograph: David Dunne.

A young couple were being hailed as heroes after saving the life of a student who was swept off a cliff face and into the sea by a giant wave.The acci(...)

An IWS spokesman said constant responsible parental supervision guarantees child safety yet drownings occur every year when children escape the watchful eye of guardians. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Irish Water Safety (IWS) is calling for uninterrupted child supervision in aquatic environments over the Easter break and a greater uptake by teachers(...)

A new € 500,000 National Lifeguard Training Centre will be officially opened on Monday in the seaside resort of Tramore following a unique collaboration involving a number of agencies. The centre will be fully operational for the upcoming peak summer season with beach lifeguards using an observation deck on the third floor to avail of panoramic views across the bay.

A new € 500,000 National Lifeguard Training Centre will be officially opened on Monday in the seaside resort of Tramore following a unique collaborati(...)

A hardy annual:  A man in a Santa hat takes the plunge at the 2014  Christmas Day Swim at the Forty Foot. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dozens gathered at the waters edge at Sandycove’s Forty Foot for the annual Christmas Day swim. While temperatures were nowhere near the minus (...)