Scuba gear is seen during a training class

Water Safety

Nearly every year the Department of the Air Force suffers a few drownings and the mishap locations vary from rivers, lakes and oceans to pools. Some of the drowning victims are sober, whereas others are impaired by alcohol. Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for water mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge. With so many planning to be in, on or near the water, it is important to follow the basics of water safety; maintain constant supervision of children and get trained!

Cole Wexler, left, son of Master Sgt. Arik Wexler, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron lead production superintendent, and Parker Evans, son of Tech. Sgt. Jason Evans, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal, swim underwater at the Oasis Pool at Dover Air Force Base, Del., July 14, 2021. During summer break, the pool is open 11 am to 7 pm daily for military members, family and friends. The pool no longer has block sessions for attendees, but has a capacity limit of 200 people.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Swimming Safety

According to the American Red Cross, 69% of young children who drown were not expected to be in or near water. Always keep your eyes on children. Never leave your child alone; if you have to leave, take your child with you.

Liberty Wing hosts second kayaking event

Water Sports Safety

ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE JACKET…Even for the activities that don't require them.  Researchers estimate that life jackets may prevent half of all water sports-related deaths.

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A 6th Security Forces Squadron marine patrol boat patrols the Coastal Restricted Area (CRA) surrounding MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, March 7, 2022.

Boating Safety

Life jackets are the lifeblood of safe boating.  The U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,439 accidents that involved 658 boating deaths in 2021.  Where cause of death was known, 81% was due to drowning and 83% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket.

Staying Safe in the water

Water Safety Tips

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