Swim Safety Tips from the King County Sheriff’s Office

The King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) would like to remind us all about the importance of water safety. Recent incidents in the Snoqualmie River have resulted in tragedy.

Swimming in pools or lakes, rivers, and ponds is a fun physical activity. But, if proper safety measures are not in place, swimming can also be dangerous. Drowning is preventable by taking the necessary precautions and following these safety tips.

Photo by Tom Dils on Unsplash


Please check with the city, county, or state Parks Department for beach and swimming area operating hours and closures. Parks Departments will have the latest information about lifeguard availability, open water swim regulations, and other operations.

Download a list of King County area public lifeguarded beaches and summer outdoor pools (195 Kb)

Know the Water

  • What is the temperature? Washington lakes and rivers are cold enough to cause hypothermia, even in the summer.
  • Always check the water conditions before swimming, boating, or participating in water activities.
  • Do not dive or jump into unknown water.

Know your Limits

  • Learn to float, tread water, and swim.
  • Swim in lifeguarded areas.
  • Always watch children closely when they are in or near any type of water.
  • Do not swim during or after drinking alcohol.
Photo by ANGÉLICA SABINA on Unsplash

Wear a Life Jacket

Learn to Swim

Learning how to swim is an important tool for water safety and drowning prevention. Si View Metro Parks offers swim lessons at Si View Pool.

Benefits of Swimming in a Lifeguarded Area

Many drownings occur at unguarded locations each year. Lifeguards are an important part of the following safety measures.

  • Restricting swimming areas
  • Posting warning signs
  • Fencing the perimeters of pools and waterways

Help keep waters in our region safe and fun by practicing these simple safety tips and let’s not have any more tragedy in the Snoqualmie Valley this summer!

Comments are closed.


  • Do not wear a safety strap connected to your ankle when paddle boarding in the river. If you get caught in a snag you can not release it. It can cause death by drowning .

    1. Not the best advice. They make break-away/quick release leashes for river and surf paddleboarding.

      1. Robin is correct. In moving water, the quick release should be attached at the waist, not the ankle.

  • Living Snoqualmie