Water Recreation Program

Protecting Your Health and Safety

Water recreation activities are a great source of exercise and enjoyment for people. Our state provides abundant beaches and pools for public use. However, there are health concerns. In Washington, drowning ranks second as the most common cause of unintentional injury or death for people 19 years old and younger and ranks third for people under 60 years old. Over 140,000 injuries related to swimming pools are seen by health care providers each year and recorded outbreaks of water recreation illnesses are increasing in the United States.

The Water Recreation Program works to ensure that water recreation facilities provide a safe and healthy environment for the public. We do this by reviewing the design and construction of new water recreation facilities, providing training for pool operators, assisting local health departments, and developing guidance materials and educational resources. We also work with industry and other key partners to address the health and safety needs of water recreation environments.

Resources We Provide

Water Recreation Program Contacts

Pool Safety - Supervision, barrier, and entrapment prevention advice.

Lake, River, and Beach Water Safety - Know your limits, wear a life jacket, and be prepared for changing seasonal weather.

Recreational Water Illnesses - Infections and illnesses associated with recreational water activities.

Regulated Water Recreation Facilities - Pool construction permit, water recreation rules and guidelines, and resources for pool designers, builders, owners, and operators.

Working with Local Health to Keep Pools Safe

The Water Recreation Program works with local health departments to address health and safety concerns at water recreation facilities by: