Watch true stories of water tragedies told by teen witnesses and survivors.
The video "Never Happens" is dedicated to the families who lost loved ones in a water-related accident. Lives were lost and lives were changed forever. The young people in this video courageously tell their own stories. Young people believe it will never happen to them and the goal of this video is to change that behavior.
Wear a life jacket.
85% of the fatal boating accident victims who drowned were not wearing a life jacket.
Learn how to swim.
Formal swimming lessons can help protect from drowning if you fall from a boat.
Closely supervise children.
Stay close and keep your eyes on your kids. It only takes a moment for a child to slip below the surface.
Use the ignition safety switch
A device commonly called a "kill switch" that stops the engine if you fall overboard.
Take Boater Education
Participate in the course from Texas Parks and Wildlife: It could save your life. On-line options are available.
Parents whose teens were involved in boating or swimming-related accidents bravely share their stories in an effort to prevent future tragedies.
Water Safety Resources
- Boating Facts in Texas
Texas Boating Related Statistics
- Reporting a Boat Accident
The responsibility of each boat operator who is involved in an accident.
- Buoys and Markers
Waterway signs help the boat operator identify danger areas and restricted zones.
- Weather Sign
Checking the weather before you leave for a day of boating.
- Boating Quiz
Test your knowledge with this short quiz.