• Guide

Aquatic Safety

Every year over 8,000 drownings take place across the United States. Of those unintentional drownings, 3,960 were fatal, averaging 11 deaths a day.

Organizations with water facilities such as pools, lakes or other activities have a duty to care for the safety of all swimmers and participants. The safety of all swimmers and participants should be independent of the size facility and provide a high level of care. Water safety can be implemented in layers and can be applied in multiple ways, such as:

  • Understand the risks associated with aquatic activities.
  • Ensure lifeguards are certified and have the level of training needed to assist swimmers.
  • Provide an adequate number of lifeguards for activities.
  • Properly maintaining the pool and surrounding facilities.
  • Educating swimmers about pool safety rules and emergency information.
  • Identify swimmer skillsets and implement protections around unskilled or nonswimmers.

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To keep your organization safe and prepared, follow these steps:

Step 1: Read these articles on planning for aquatic safety

Step 2: Read these articles on protecting against aquatic disasters