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Swimming Safety  

Summer is in full swing! The warm weather and longer days have Snohomish county citizens flocking to the water.  From fishing to boating to swimming, our county’s parks, lakes, rivers, and shoreline provide a variety of recreational resources. 

But, each year, a handful of children and adults lose their lives in our waters.  Last year, two children and two adults drowned in Snohomish County waters.  Before you go, be prepared. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Snohomish County Parks, and Safe Kids Snohomish County offers the following tips and resources: 
  • Never swim alone
  • Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others
  • Stay within designated swimming areas
  • Be cautious of sudden drop-offs and swift underwater currents
  • Stay warm – most of our rivers and lakes remain cold all summer
  • Know your limits and your abilities; stop before you're too tired
  • Check weather forecasts before you go
  • Set limits with your children - when they can go in the water, where they can go, who needs to be there, and what they should have with them.
Here is a list of many resources to stay safe on or at the water’s edge:
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