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

Drowning Facts

  • 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 15-24 years and 65 years and older, people with seizure disorders and non-swimmers.

Water Safety Resources