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Important safety tips

River users should always take safety precautions when exploring. Here are tips to stay safe:

  • Wear a PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs
  • Watch children and stay close enough to reach them immediately
  • Choose safer swimming options with lifeguards present, such as a beach, lake, or pool

Planning a boating or floating trip

  • Always tell someone your route and when and where you expect to put in and take out your boat
  • Have a back-up plan for an emergency contact in case of an unexpected obstacle or emergency
  • Never float the river alone and try to have at least one oared craft in your group in case of a needed rescue
  • Bring a dry bag with food, water, and warm clothes

Marta, the River Otter, shows us the right way to wear a lifejacket from King County DNRP on Vimeo.

Learn from Marta, the River Otter, the right way to wear a life jacket.