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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.

Water Safety Tips


When visiting Allatoona Lake, we recommend that you follow these safety tips:


  Children should wear a properly fitted Coast Guard approved personal flotation device around the water.  
  Inflatable rings and floats are not approved personal flotation devices when on or near the water. 
  Never swim alone.  Always swim parallel to the shore and never across a body of water. 
  Stay close to shore and out of the boating channels and traffic.  Boats have the right-of-way. 
  Never dive in head first if you can't see the bottom.  There may be an unseen rock or stump or the water might be shallow. 
  Never go into the water impaired from alcohol or drugs.
  Spending more than 4 hours on the water can cause fatigue. Monitor for potential symptoms of fatigue and seek out a shade-covered location on land at the earliest possible opportunity.