FACT: Water is the number one recreation attraction in America and swimming is ranked among the nation's top ten recreational activities.
FACT: America's first choice for water-based recreation is the Corps of Engineers. One out of every ten Americans will visit a Corps lake this year.
FACT: Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. The Corps of Engineers is dedicated to providing the safest environment possible for your recreation experience.
Did you know that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the leading provider of outdoor recreation on all Federally-managed public lands in the United States? With a recreation base that is primarily built around water, the Corps has a dedicated focus on water safety and its' national water safety program was developed to assist park rangers in providing current information concerning water safety as well as providing innovative educational materials in support of their water safety programs. For an opportunity to view water safety materials available through a local Corps office, as well as water safety programming, or some useful downloadable information, visit the Corps National Water Safety homepage.
The Vicksburg District is a national leader in promoting water safety. Park rangers provide water safety education through classroom and community programs. They are most visible around the lake projects on beaches or at pavilions giving water safety demonstrations or showing visitors the correct way to wear a life jacket. Partnerships with local businesses have allowed park rangers to establish programs that promote water safety awareness such as the life jacket loaner program and flotation citations for visitors caught demonstrating good water safety practices.
Give-away items with water safety messages on them are a fun way for park rangers to reinforce the importance of practicing safety around the water. Many of these items are available to the public through the national water safety program and a local Corps office. However, many of the water safety give-away items are made available through local partnerships. Partnership involvement can be as simple as displaying water safety posters or brochures at your place of business, providing billboard space, or it may involve prizes, coupons or discounts provided as rewards for individuals caught practicing water safety. If you are interested in partnering with the Corps or you would like more information about partnering opportunities, visit the Corps Lakes Gateway or contact your local Corps office.
ONLINE WATER SAFETY INFORMATION
GAMES & ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
The Water Safety Adventures of Bobber the Water Safety Dog!
Water Safety Tips
Little Rock District's Locking Simulation Game