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Water Safety

Recreation in the Mobile District


FACT: Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States.

FACT: The majority of visitors to Corps of Engineers projects come to enjoy water-based recreation, be it fishing, boating, or swimming.

FACT: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is dedicated to providing the safest environment possible for your recreation experience.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has developed an extensive national water safety programas well as local community programs to educate visitors about the importance of water safety.Visit the online Education Center for activities that can be used in classrooms, science fair projects or other educational environments. Children will enjoy:

The Water Safety Adventures of
Corky, Sinker, and Bobber the Water Safety Dog!

The Mobile District is involved at every project in water safety education through classroom and community programs and partnerships with local businesses to promote water safety awareness.

Classroom and Community Programs: Our Park Rangers work in our local communities as well as on our lakes and rivers to spread the Corps' water safety message. Rangers perform water safety demonstrations in classrooms, communities and parks, and work with community businesses to sponsor water safety promotions such as our life jacket loaner program, ranger trading card programs and "flotation citations" for children "caught" demonstrating good water safety practices.

Each project has a Water Safety Coordinator who manages the project's water safety programs. Corps project offices/visitor centers, 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. Programs are available for all age groups.

Fun and Educational: Contests, stickers, coloring books, whistles, posters, key chains, croakies, cozies, Frisbees, t-shirts, water bottles, life jackets and more! are used at our projects to help reinforce the message about the importance of practicing water safety. We feel that safety awareness can be part of the fun!

Business Partnerships: 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 used to reward children for good water safety practices. If you or your business would like to be a part of these community programs, contact your local Water Safety Coordinator.

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National Water Safety Program
- Home of the Corp's nationwide program. Provides tips and educational materials for use in water safety programs.
American Red Cross - A water safety site for swimmers and lifeguards. - A boating safety resource site centered on the recreational boater. Includes rules, laws, articles, tips, training, and links to other water safety training organizations.
Center for Disease Control - Provides safety tips including a swimming safety section.
U.S. Power Squadrons - Educational materials, online boating courses and tests, and a guide for locating local boater safety courses.
Coast Guard Auxiliary - a volunteer group that promotes boating safety across the country. Provides a schedule of local safe boating and certification classes.*- A commercial group providing towing services on U.S. waters. Contains online boating courses for general boating and personal watercraft(PWC). These courses meet boater education requirements in some states.
National Water Safety Congress - Information on their activities including education, alerts, upcoming events, and publications. The Corps is a member of the NWSC.
National Safe Boating Council - Promotes safe boating through training and educational materials. Information on the annual National Safe Boating Week.


* The appearance of this hyperlink does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of this web site or the information, products, or services contained therein. USACE does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at this location.

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