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Youth Education

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 book

"Let's Go Boating" Activity Book

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.


"Bobber the Water Safety Dog" Activity Book

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. Visit the Bobber Website.   

School Programs

Water Wits

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.

Classroom Visits
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.

Safety Tips for In, On, and Around the Water

  • Always wear a properly fitting life jacket when in, on, or around the water.Water Wits Logo
  • 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.