Garda and Access NI conduct vetting checks for Swim Ireland. These are best practice requirements for any adult working with or responsible for young people in Swim Ireland. Garda vetting checks will be carried out on all adults working with young people in Swim Ireland in Ireland and Access NI checks will be carried on on all adults working with young people in Northern Ireland.

Please read the Conbined Vetting Policy 2009 for a full guide to Vetting in Swim Ireland.

Information on Garda vetting can be found in the Vetting Information September 2012 brief.

Applications forms for Garda Vetting:

Garda Vetting ID & Application Form

New Access NI on-line application

AccessNI (ANI)are changing the processing of applications to an online system from 1st April 2015.  Applicants will be now required to complete an online application and an identification validation form.  Only the ID validation form is sent to Swim Ulster, and this must be received to complete the application process.

Just to note:

NO online applications can be processed by Swim Ulster unless the ID validation form and, if required, payment have been received.  Online applications will remain valid for 3 months; if your ID form is not received within this time your application will be rejected.

Paper applications may be submitted after the online system comes on stream only on the new form – the new paper application form can only be processed by ANI after 1 April 2015 (to avoid confusion this will only be available on our websites after 1 April).  However to keep administration costs to a minimum we are encouraging everyone to use the online application process – not only will this be quicker but it will also streamline the process in the office.  Paper applications will not be processed as quickly as the online applications – and this may hold up your ability to take up your position.

ALERT: NI addresses on vetting forms

We have received notification from the Central Garda Vetting Unit that Northern Ireland addresses included on a Garda vetting form must include the correct postcode.  The CGVU will return forms to Swim Ireland that do not have this information, and the form will be returned to the applicant. 

Postcodes can be found at the following websites:

If you have any questions please contact either Ruth at  or Kate at