Water Safety Tips

Spokane is home to many water attractions. From lakes to streams, rivers to pools there are many places you can cool off and enjoy the water. Yet, as the weather warms water safety is very important in our community.  

These important swimming safety tips you should be aware of before you head out to the pool or beach:

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.

  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.

  • Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.

  • If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.

  • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.

  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.

  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.

  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

  • Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.

  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them.

Watch this video to learn more about water safety in Spokane and the surrounding areas.