Enjoy the Water Safely
- This brief video explains How Rip Currents Work
- Water safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.
- Open Water Drowning Prevention from Seattle Children's Hospital.
- Water Safety.
- Drowning doesn't look like drowning, it is often silent.
- Would you be able to spot someone drowning?
- Myths and Facts about water safety.
- Life Jacket Fact Sheet
- WA State Parks & Recreation Commission Boating Education.
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, boating, or rafting in rivers due to dangers from currents and cold temperatures. The best decision may be not to enter the water.
- Supervise children and teens when they are in or near all types of water. Ensure supervisors are close enough to provide immediate rescue to children.
- Do not drink alcohol when swimming, boating or supervising children.
- Learn CPR
- Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children and teens in Washington.
- The populations at highest risk for drowning are young children under the age of five, males (especially those between 15-24 years and 65 years and older), people with seizure disorders and people who cannot swim.
Water Safety Resources
- Water safety for Lakes, Rivers and Beaches
- National Water Safety Program
- WA State Recreation and Conservation Office
- Need a life jacket for your child? There are several programs in WA that will Loan You a Life Jacket
- Choose the right life jacket
- Children's size chart for PFDs
- Water safety tips from Safe Kids
- Drowning Prevention and water safety from Seattle Children's Hospital
- Data for drowning risks in natural water settings
- Water safety at home
- Water related injuries
- US Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center
- WA State Parks boating and water safety
- National Safe Boating Council
- Get the facts on unintentional drowning
- Drowning surveillance and data