Swimsafe on Lake Tapps

Everyone agrees Swimsafe programs are working. Last year, the community celebrated three years with no deaths reported on Lake Tapps during the busy summer seasons of 2013, 2014 and 2015. Following a 2012 summer that saw three deaths in Lake Tapps, the surrounding cities, first responders, school districts  and Cascade Water Alliance, owner of the reservoir, came together to take steps to help swimmers and boaters who enjoy recreation on Lake Tapps and other area waterways stay safe in a campaign called Swimsafe. Highlights from Swimsafe programming in 2015/16 include:

  • The Bonney Lake Police Department (BLPD) added two more schools to its water safety assembly lineup, bringing outreach to 17 elementary and middle schools and more than 7,000 students throughout four school districts.  Last year, East Pierce Fire and Rescue (EPFR) fitted andsold over 100 life jackets to students during the school assemblies.
  • On Saturday, April 30, BLPD, EPFR and Gordon Family YMCA facilitated April Pools Day.  See highlights at: https://youtu.be/zCsderbdQ04
  • Lake Tapps Incident Locator Program expanded with support from Cascade Water Alliance to ensure all key locations around the lake are signed. KOMO TV covered the story:  New numbered signs might help save lives on busy lake | KOMO
  • EPFR brought drowning prevention measures to students in health classes at eight middle and high schools throughout four school districts.

And in March Swimsafe received the “2016 Unsung Hero/Community Impact Award” from the Sumner/Bonney Lake Communities for Families Coalition, another in a long list of recognitions for this outstanding water safety coalition and initiative.

In addition to East Pierce Fire and Rescue, City of Bonney Lake/Bonney Lake Police Department, and Cascade Water Alliance, Swimsafe partners include Pierce County Parks, Washington State Parks, Gordon Family YMCA, Sound Ocean Systems, the Dieringer, White River and Sumner School Districts, Buckley Fire Department, and Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Learn more about Swimsafe programs and promotions by visiting these websites:

City of Bonney Lake: www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us

East Pierce Fire and Rescue: www.eastpiercefire.org

Cascade Water Alliance: www.cascadewater.org