• Of the more than 150 Americans who drown every year at Corps of Engineers parks on average 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket, 88 percent were men, and 27 percent were from falls overboard.
  • It takes only 60 seconds on average for an adult to drown.
  • It takes only 20 seconds on average for a child to drown.
  • A common cause of drowning is the involuntary gasp reflex that occurs after falling into cold water.
  • More than half of all drowning deaths at Corps of Engineers parks are swimming related. Wear a life jacket, learn to swim well and never swimming alone or under the influence of alcohol are easy steps you can take to help to ensure you return home safely.
  • Loaner life jackets are available at many Corps of Engineers parks on a first-come first-serve basis.


You can make a difference and help save lives.  If you are interested in becoming a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers volunteer that helps promote water safety, contact us at 1-800-865-8337, volunteer.gov@usace.army.mil or apply online at www.volunteer.gov.

Partner Resources 

The Corps of Engineers partners with many agencies and organizations to promote water safety. Learn more about what resources they have to offer. 


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National Water Safety Program


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the nation’s leading provider of outdoor recreation with over 400 lake and river projects in 43 states and more than 250 million visits per year. Please be careful in and around the water because even strong swimmers drown. Check out this website to find valuable tips and resources that could save your life or the life of someone you care about. 

Everyone who owns or would like to own an inflatable life jacket needs to watch this 9-minute video to learn all about care and maintenance of them. Proper care and maintenance will help ensure that your inflatable life jacket works when you need it.
While you are boating a tragic fall overboard can happen unexpectedly and you could drown leaving your kids or grand kids alone to take care of themselves. Don’t let their last memory of you be a tragic one. Please share this emotionally powerful video. Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns. Learn more at http://www.PleaseWearIt.com
Many people drown every year retrieving objects, like boats that have drifted away. Please keep your life jacket with you after you have launched your boat in case your boat drifts away and you need to retrieve it. Also, knowing how to tie a proper knot can help too.
Real quotes from focus groups conducted with adult men who don’t wear life jackets or only wear them when they think they are needed. This is an interesting debate that could save your life or the life of someone you care about, so please share it. Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns Learn more at http://www.PleaseWearIt.com
In this video LJ and friends take you on a boating adventure. This video shows why it’s important to wear a life jacket. Life jackets come in many different sizes, styles, and colors, so choose the right one for you and your activity. Different types of life jackets are shown in this video. See how many you can identify. Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns. Learn more at PleaseWearIt.com.

Water Safety - Fun for Kids!

BobberClick on Bobber to visit the official web site. www.Bobber.info You’ll find cartoons and other water safety fun! An excellent program for young children! Want to give us feed-back? Send us an email at: Bobbermail

Water Safety Project Spotlight

  • Water Safety is a Top Priority at Allatoona Lake, Mobile District
    Allatoona Lake located in Georgia 36 miles from Atlanta has an average of 6.7 million visits every year. At all of our lake and river projects visitors come to enjoy the outdoors and most of them spend time on, in, or near the water.
  • Making a Difference by Working Together at Carlyle Lake, St. Louis District
    Carlyle Lake located in Illinois 50 miles from St. Louis, MO has an average of 1.74 million visits every year.  At all of our lake and river projects, visitors come to enjoy the outdoors and most of them spend time on, in, or near the water.  Here are some of the things that are done at Carlyle Lake to help keep their visitors safe.