Drowning is the fourth leading cause of injury death among children 0-18. What can we do? Educate!
Drownings are preventable by wearing a properly fitting life jacket. To learn more about life jackets and water safety, the Oregon State Marine Board offers, for free, these great educational resources:
"Let's Go Boating"
Learn how to be a safe boater and have fun on the water! "Let's Go Boating" is a kids activity book with puzzles, games, and information about being a responsible, safe boater on Oregon waters.
"AquaSMART - Lessons for Water and Boating Safety"
Geared for children 5-8, this 29-minute video features animated characters that guide students through ten lessons on how to be safe in and around the water. The AquaSMART Stunt Dummies, Joe and Charlie, show what can happen if you don’t follow the waters safety rules. These 10 lessons on water and boating safety help young students develop safety habits to practice when enjoying water activities.
"AquaSMART - LIVE!"
Bob Boaterson and the game show contestants cover 10 lessons on how to stay safe when in or around the water. This 28-minute video, perfect for kids 9-12, features lessons that can help students save themselves or others when facing water dangers
"Bobber the Water Safety Dog"
Follow Bobber as he navigates boating safety through interactive flash games, coloring sheets, and hilarious cartoons perfect for school-age children. Produced by the Army Corps of Engineers. Bobber Website
The Oregon State Marine Board has a new K-12 classroom curriculum available free for educators: "Water Wits."
The Water Wits program encourages awareness and responsible use of aquatic and marine resources and goes beyond traditional boating and water safety education to include stewardship messages and scientific principles. The program is designed to be interdisciplinary, academically rigorous, interactive, and student-led. Visit our Water Wits
page to find out more about the curriculum and request free lesson plans for your classroom.
Marine deputies from around the state are trained to give boating and water safety education to schools. If you would like an officer to visit your class, contact your local county Sheriff's office. If you need assistance getting a class visit scheduled, please call the Marine Board at (503) 378-8587 and ask for the Education Section or email our education staff
Tips to Help Stay Safe In, On, and Around the Water
- Always wear a properly fitting life jacket when in, on, or around the water.
- Never go in or near the water alone.
- Learn how to float.
- Learn to reach, throw, and row when someone falls in the water.
- Look before you leap.
- Don't overload your boat.
- Stay with your boat.