Water Safety

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.

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Wear a life jacket.

70% of persons who died in a boating accident would be alive today, if they had worn a life jacket.

More about life jackets »

Learn how to swim.

Formal swimming lessons can help protect from drowning if you fall from a boat.

Safety Tips »

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.

Lifeguard 101 »

Use the ignition safety switch

A device commonly called a "kill switch" that stops the engine if you fall overboard.

Safety Requirements »

Take Boater Education

Participate in the course from Texas Parks and Wildlife: It could save your life. On-line options are available.

Boater Education »


Beautiful But Gone

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


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