Water Safety

Water SafetySummer is a great time to relax with family and friends on the river, beach or at the lake.  For a fun-filled and safe summer, keep these tips in mind when spending time in or near the water.

  • Children and adults should wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets – especially those who can’t swim well or can’t swim at all. Wear life jackets when boating and participating in water sports.
  • Always watch children when they are in or near water.
  • When you are watching children, don’t be distracted by phone calls, text messages, reading or talking to others.
  • Watch children even if they know how to swim.
  • Keep a phone near you – use it only to call for help if there is an emergency.
  • Keep an eye on the weather, waves and currents.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first.


  • Learn how to swim – both children and adults should know how to swim.
  • Learn how to choose the right life jacket.
  • Teach children never to swim alone and only to swim in designated swimming areas.
  • Teach children how to swim/float with a life jacket.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. Teach them about uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
  • Learn adult and infant CPR.