Drowning Prevention

Enjoy the Water Safely

Water Safety Tips

  • Make sure all family members know how to swim.

  • Always wear a life jacket in, on, or around water.

  • It's best to swim only in designated areas with lifeguards.

  • Be especially careful when swimming or boating in rivers due to dangers from currents and cold temperatures.

  • Supervise children and teens when they are in or near all types of water. Ensure supervisors are close enough to provide immediate rescue. Learn more about the Water Watcher Program.

  • Do not drink alcohol when swimming, boating or supervising children

Drowning Facts

  • Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children and teens in Washington.

  • Populations at highest risk for drowning are children under the age of five, males 15-24 years and 65 years and older, people with seizure disorders and non-swimmers.

  • Facts on Childhood Drowning.

Water Safety Resources