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General Water Safety Tips


Beach Safety


Home Pools


Lakes and Rivers

  • Learn to swim and make sure your children know how to swim.
  • Select a supervised area. A trained lifeguard who can help in an emergency is the best safety factor. Even good swimmers can have an unexpected medical emergency in the water. Never swim alone.
  • Select an area that is clean and well maintained. A clean bathhouse, clean restrooms, and a litter-free environment show the management’s concern for your safety.
  • Select an area that has good water quality and safe natural conditions. Murky water, hidden underwater objects, unexpected drop-offs, and aquatic plant life are hazards.
  • Be sure rafts and docks are in good condition. Never swim under a dock or raft. Always look before jumping off a dock or raft to make sure no one is in the way.

  • Water Parks

  • Learn to swim and make sure your children know how to swim.
  • Be sure the area is well supervised by lifeguards before you and your children enter the water.
  • Read all posted signs. Follow the rules and directions given by the lifeguards. Ask questions if you are not sure of the procedures.
  • When you go from one attraction to another, note that the water depth may be different and the rules may be different.
  • Before you start down a water slide, get in the correct position-face up and feet first.
  • Some facilities provide life jackets at no charge. If you cannot swim, wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Check others in your group, as well.