10 Rules to Live by


  1. Learn to Swim.
  2. Wear a Life Jacket!
  3. Learn to Float.
  4. Reach, Throw, Row...Don't Go!
  5. Look Before You Leap!
  6. Don't Overload Your Boat.
  7. Stay With Your Boat.
  8. Learn the Boating Rules of the Road.
  9. Alcohol, Drugs and Boating Don't Mix!
  10. Keep Our Waterways Clean. Don't Pollute.
Rules courtesy of California Department of Boating and Waterways

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Meet Bobber the Water Safety Dog!

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Call (707) 467- 4200

US Army Corps of Engineers 

1160 Lake Mendocino Drive

Ukiah, California 95482

Water Safety


Don't Take a Vacation from Safety

Safety is Everyone's Concern

Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths for persons 15-44 years old.




Not So Trivial Trivia

6,000 people drown each year in the United States.

Of those 6,000...

  • Over 3,000 people drink alcohol before they drown.
  • 4,000 people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.
  • Most people are within 10-30 feet of safety when they drown.

More disturbing statistics:

  • 8,000 people suffer paralyzing spinal cord injuries by diving into shallow water.
  • 5,000 people die each year from diving accidents before they reach the hospital.



Alcohol, The Fun Killer

Alcohol and water don't mix. 

Just one alcoholic beverage will impair your balance, vision, judgment and reaction time.



Research also shows that four hours of boating, plus exposure to noise, vibration, sun, glare and wind produces fatigue (remember needing to catch your "landlegs" after a long day of boating?) which makes you act as if you were legally intoxicated. Risk of accidents increase when alcohol consumption is combined with boating fatigue.

Please remember this is a man-made lake. Watch for uneven lake bottoms, submerged trees and rocks, and fluctuating lake levels all year long.


Christopher Eddy  (707) 467-4235 as point of contact to schedule a water safety presentation.