Water Safety

Vermont Community

Whether you’re swimming in Emerald Lake, paddling along the Winooski, tubing in the White River, or taking the plunge at the Bolton Potholes, when it comes to water, it’s important to know how to stay safe while you’re having fun.

Here’s a roundup of some smart tips to help you protect yourself and others while you’re cooling off this summer:

 “9 Tips to Keep You Safe at the Swimming Hole this Summer” from the VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Water Safety” (for kids) from the CDC

Paddle Smart: Know Your Limits” from the American Canoe Association

Water Safety in Vermont” from the VT Dept. of Health

Top tips for all water activities:

  • Stay sober
  • Don’t swim alone
  • Stay up-to-date on local weather and water conditions
  • Know the terrain
  • Wear a lifejacket anytime you’re using a watercraft, including when swimming off a boat
  • Never leave a boat unattended—make sure someone who knows how to operate the vessel stays on board at all times
  • Never leave a child near water without direct adult supervision

As the VT Department of Environmental Conservation says: “Remember that water is wild”!

Now that you know how to stay safe while enjoying Vermont’s waterways, join us for this year’s signature summer Hike, Bike, & Paddle event. This year, we want you to have the same fun experience — but with a twist. Rather than schedule a specific date and site, we’re inviting you to Hike, Bike and Paddle — and Post!

From Monday, July 13 through Monday, August 3, we want you to share photos of you, your family and friends getting outside and getting fit by hiking, biking, paddling, swimming, — whatever outdoor activity you choose. Post the photos to our Facebook or Instagram pages. On August 3, we’ll randomly pick two submissions to receive a new kayak with paddle and personal flotation device!