Menu
Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Water Safety Tips and Advice
The multi-agency response at Whitewater Brook in Howth on Friday afternoon 2 April
TheJournal.ie reports that a man in his 20s has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the sea off Howth yesterday afternoon, Friday 2 April. Howth Coast Guard Rescue and Howth RNLI were tasked to the scene at the…
File image of Larne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
With the Easter holidays now begun in Northern Ireland, Larne RNLI is encouraging anyone planning to visit the coast to know the risks to protect themselves and their families and to heed key sea safety advice. Larne RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat…
File image of Lough Ree RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Lough Ree RNLI is urging the public using the River Shannon and Lough Ree to be safety conscious as they make the seasonal return to the waterway this weekend. The volunteer lifeboat crew at Lough Ree RNLI have, in line…
 The RNLI charity will deliver their usual lifeguard service across the Causeway Coast and in County Down this year
The RNLI has been working with partners behind the scenes through the challenges of lockdown to recruit, train and prepare their lifeguards for what is expected to be another busy summer on Northern Ireland’s beaches. The charity will deliver their…
A kill cord attached to an engine cut-off switch
In the United States, all operators of recreational vessels under 26 feet in length will soon be required to use an engine cut-off switch and kill cord under newly passed legislation. Kill cords are essentially safety tethers that cut power…
Ice-related drownings can occur when the rescuer gets into difficulty attempting to rescue another person or a dog
Water Safety Ireland is advising parents to supervise their children over the next few days until the current spell of hard weather moves away. The best advice is to stay off the ice, however, children will be tempted to play…
File image of Rosslare Harbour RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
The RNLI is urging anyone who is able under Irish or UK government guidelines to visit the coast during lockdown to stay safe and not take any unnecessary risks that may put extra pressure on emergency services. As both the…
Coast Guard Helicopter services, provided under contract by CHC Ireland, operate day and night services out of Bases at Sligo, Shannon, Dublin and Waterford
In an end of year commentary, the Coast Guard has highlighted, that despite the impact of Covid-19, 2020 has proven to be a relatively busy year. Overall, the Coast Guard coordinated 2643 incidents in comparison with 2490 incidents in 2019.…
Christmas Swims Must Be Different This Year - Water Safety
This Christmas is very different from all our other Christmases we have experienced and thousands of people around the country who will want to immerse themselves in our invigorating waters must demonstrate compliance with our NPHET guidelines says John Leech…
Skerries RNLI en route to Donabate on Saturday afternoon
Skerries RNLI’s volunteer crew were tasked on Saturday afternoon (28 November) after a call to emergency services reported concerns over a group of sea swimmers off Donabate. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson was launched shortly before 3pm to…
Fifty-one Lives Saved in Near-Drowning Rescues Water Safety Ireland Honour Remarkable Rescuers
Fifty-one lives were saved from drowning by rescuers who will receive recognition at Water Safety Ireland’s National Annual Awards Ceremony, broadcast online on Tuesday 24th November at 7 pm. The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Heather Humphreys will acknowledge…
Two men died after a carbon monoxide leak on their boat Diversion, moored quayside on the River Ouse in York
Britain’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published a safety bulletin with lessons learnt from its initial findings into the death of two friends from carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat in York. The boaters died in December 2019 when…
The busiest lifeboat station has been Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, with nearly 100 call outs for this year so far, according to the RNLI
Rescue agencies are reporting a record year for incidents on the water as thousands of people turned to the coastline, lakes and rivers during Covid-19. The Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland have all been under pressure to…
Water Safety Ireland is advising the public that to stay SAFE is to “Stay Away From the Edge”
In asking the public to remain vigilant near water this Bank holiday weekend, Water Safety Ireland says the risks are even greater at inland waterways. Although 40,000 people live less than 100 metres from the coast and some 2 million…
Sligo-based Galway-born GP Katie McAnena, a five-times national women's windsurfing champion, setting a new women's record at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, last January
If there is an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good, it is the numbers taking to the sea and inland waterways during Covid-19. As The Sunday Times reports today, this season has been the busiest ever for outdoor pursuit…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Anna Livia
A new video from Dun Laoghaire RNLI explains the importance of checking the weather and tides before going out for a walk along the coast. With Ireland's coastal areas getting a lot quieter as autumn begins and as we head…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Associations

ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Events 2022

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton
quantum sidebutton
watson sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
https://afloat.ie/resources/marine-industry-news/viking-marine

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
wavelengths sidebutton
 

Please show your support for Afloat by donating