Strathcona County Crime Watch Association -

                                "The Eyes and Ears of Your Community"

Water & Boat Safety

Before heading out to the pool, beach or river this summer we would like to take a moment to remind everyone about water and boating safety.

Water Safety:

  • Learn proper swimming and safety techniques.
  • Know your ability and do not go beyond your limitations.
  • When swimming in large bodies of water be aware of tides and currents, as well as changing weather patterns.
  • Know how to recognize signs of hypothermia and how to treat for it.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • For added safety backyard pools should be fenced and also have self-locking latches on the gates.
  • Communicate swimming area rules; know and obey the rules for the areas you are swimming in.
  •  Keep emergency equipment and first aid kits close at hand.

Diving Safety:

  • Obey “No Diving” signs and diving depth regulations.
  • Check to ensure the diving area is large enough and deep enough for the intended dive.
  •  Dive only where there is ample clearance from the point of take off to the point of entry.
  • Dive in clear, unobstructed water. Always check for underwater hazards and be aware of variable or changing depths.
  • To be sure of water depth and any underwater hazards you should always dive feet first the first time you dive in a new area.

Boating Safety:

  • Make sure that you have enough gas to last the duration of your ride.
  • Everyone on board should wear a life jacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
  • Have your boat operator card/boat license with you.
  • Do a check before leaving the dock/shore line to ensure that everything is working properly on the boat.
  • Stay sober
  • Carry a boat safety kit, which includes a flashlight, whistle and buoyant safety line.

General Water/Boating Safety:

  • Are you aware of the weather and water conditions and any hazards that may affect your planned activities?
  • Wait until you are off the water before consuming alcohol. Don’t allow a person who has consumed alcohol to operate a boat. Remember, if you drink after a day of boating, be sure you have a designated driver for your vehicle.

Signs & Decals Available

Strathcona County Crime Watch now has signs and decals available for our members

Decals (static) - 3.5" x 10" or 4" x 4" - FreeGate post signs (plastic) 14" x 10.75" - $3.00 each
Fence post signs (plastic) 5.5" x 24" - $3.00 each

To order, email