Water Safety
 
 

Top Tips for Swimming Safety

  • Watch kids when they are in or around water. Keep young children and weak swimmers within arm's reach of an adult. Make sure more experienced swimmers are with a partner every time.
  • Choose a Water Watcher. When there are several adults present, choose one to be responsible for watching children in or near the water for a certain period of time, such as 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, select another adult to be the Water Watcher.
  • Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
  • Make sure kids learn these five water survival skills.
    • Step or jump into water over their head and return to the surface.
    • Turn around in the water and orient to safety.
    • Float or tread water.
    • Combine breathing with forward movement in the water.
    • Exit the water.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is different from swimming in a pool. Be aware of situations that are unique to open water, such as limited visibility, depth, uneven surfaces, currents and undertow. These potential hazards can make swimming in open water more challenging than swimming in a pool.
  • Everyone should wear a properly fitting life jacket when on lakes and rivers. Don't have a life jacket? Borrow one from us! Come to Fire Station 31 wearing a mask and with the person who needs the life jacket. There, you can get fitted, borrow the jacket, and return it when you are done.
    • Station 31, Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue
      163 Village Ct
      Monroe,WA 98272