Water Safety

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADrowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death to children in the United States.  Every year, our area sees drowning victims in our lakes, rivers and pools.  In order to reduce those injuries and deaths, Safe Kids Pierce County officers various drowning prevention programs that coalition members can be involved in.

Another way to keep our kids safe is offering life jacket loaner boards, where swimmers can borrow a life jakcet while visiting a lake or other body of open water. In the past, Safe Kids has obtained grant funding to build loaner boards in the county and continue to support those being built without Safe Kids funds.

Be an active member of preventing these tragedies by offering low cost life jackets to your community.  Safe Kids Pierce County has a great working relationship with Sportco Outdoor Emporium, who offers low cost life jackets to coalition members, which can be ordered through their Fife store at (253) 922-2222.  Please remember to mention that you are a Safe Kids Pierce County coalition member to receive the discounted rate.  Note that purchasing life jackets from Sportco means you will be selling them to the public.  This is not for purchase for personal use.


Safe Kids Pierce County offers life jackets to be loaned for use while at any of these locations.  For a printable version and contact information, please click here.

Allan Yorke Park
7203 W. Tapps Highway
Bonney Lake
Available year round

East Pierce Fire & Rescue Headquarters
18421 Old Buckley Highway
Bonney Lake
Available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Eddon Boat Dock
3805 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor

Foss Waterway Marina
821 Dock Street

Jerisich Dock
3211 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor
Available year round

Joemma Beach State Park
20001 Bay Road KPS
Available year round

Lake Tapps North Park Concession Stand
2022 198th Avenue E

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
Center for Childhood Safety
1112 S. 5th Street
Available year round

Narrows Marina Bait & Tackle
9001 S. 19th Street
Available year round

Tides Maritime Pier
2925 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor
Available year round

For more information about water safety, please click here.

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