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  • 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 the Corps of Engineers Volunteer Clearinghouse at 1-800-865-8337 or apply online at www.Corpslake.us/volunteer.  Check out other volunteer opportunities at www.volunteer.gov/gov.

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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. 

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



Contact Us 

Wanting to contact your region's Corps of Engineers water safety representative? Find contact information on this list! 

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.