Waterpark Swimming Safety Tips

Review these waterpark swimming safety tips before heading out to the park. These are especially important to review with a large group of kids, say your youth group or summer camp crew before letting them loose at the waterpark.

  • Learn to swim and swim well. One of the best things anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is learn to swim. Enroll your children in American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone. No one, including adults, should ever swim alone. Adults should practice “reach supervision,” which means to be within arm’s length of a child in case an emergency occurs.
  • Read all posted signs. Follow the rules and directions given by lifeguards. Ask questions if you are not sure about a correct procedure.
  • When you go from one attraction to another, note that the water depth may be different and that the attraction should be used in a different way. Before you start down a water slide, get in the correct position—face up and feet first.
  • If you cannot swim, wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
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