The RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard have issued a joint water-safety message for the bank holiday weekend.
The warm weather is enticing lots of people to head for the sea, but we're being warned that water temperatures are cold, and we should all take care if heading to the coast or inland waterways.
Area Lifesaving Manager at the RNLI, Owen Medland, says people should enjoy themselves but respect their surroundings:
"The Irish Lifeboat crews launched 1,145 times last year to all types of incidents. We will launch in all cases but we want people to avoid getting into difficultly in the first instance."
He continued, "our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard say 'stay afloat, stay in contact,' always wear a flotation device or a life vest if you are out on the water over the holiday.
"If you are in difficultly, remember to dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguards."