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Water Safety

As one of the Nation's largest providers of outdoor recreation, safety is a top priority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. To assist us in this mission we have developed a National Water Safety Program, as well as community programs to educate visitors about the importance of water safety.

The Mobile District is actively involved at every one of our project offices to educate the public on water safety through classroom and community programs and partnerships with local businesses. Our park rangers also work with local communities to spread the Corps' water safety message to include water safety demonstrations, a life jacket loaner program, and handing out "flotation citations" to children who demonstrate good water safety practices.

Corps of Engineers project offices, in conjunction with local Coast Guard Auxiliary Stations and Power Squadrons, often host safe boating demonstrations and boating certification courses in their facilities. Contact the Water Safety Coordinator at your local Corps Resource Office for information on upcoming programs and promotions or to make arrangements for a ranger program for your classroom or community.

We welcome the opportunity to partner with, and we actively seek out, local businesses to help spread our water safety message. Partnership involvement can be as simple as displaying water safety posters and brochures, or providing prizes, coupons and discounts to reward the public for practicing water safety. If you or your business would like to partner with the Mobile District in any of these community programs, contact the Water Safety Coordinator at the project office nearest you.

Did you know....

  • Approximately 84% of individuals who drown at Corps lakes were not wearing a life jacket. 

  • Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.

  • It takes only 60 seconds on average for an adult to drown and 20 seconds for children.

  • Loaner life jackets are available at many Corps of Engineers parks.