First, please note that Clear Creek is currently CLOSED to swimmers and tubers. The water levels are too dangerous for you, your kids or your pets so please stay out until the ban is lifted!
The summer heat is here and that means everyone will be trying to find a way to cool off. We want everyone to be safe whether you're at home in the pool, playing in Clear Creek, or on vacation.
Clear Creek is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. We encourage everyone to observe extreme caution when around swift moving water and floating debris.
Later in the summer when the creek is open, or if you'll be playing in the water somewhere else, you'll want to keep these swift water safety tips in mind:
1. Check In With Local Law Enforcement - Clear Creek is often closed due to swift currents and high water levels. Check in with the local law enforcement to find out if the creek is open.
Call 911 - If someone goes in the water, call 911 immediately to get rescue teams on their way.
3. Don't Panic - Control your breathing and look to see where you are.
4. Keep Your Feet UP - Keep your feet up as high as possible in the water and pointed downstream. Keep your head above water. The lower your body is into the water, the more likely you will be struck with rocks.
5. Swim At a 45 Degree Angle - Swim towards the shore at a 45 degree angle. This angle will allow the current to push you to shore. Point your head towards the shore where you want to go.
Wear A Life Jacket
- Adults and kids should always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while boating. Non-Swimmers and inexperienced swimmers should also wear a life jacket at all times when in and around the water. Inflatable toys can be fun, but are not a substitute for U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
7. Constant Adult Supervision - Actively supervise children and non-swimmers around the water. Don't just drop kids off. Avoid distracting activities such as checking email or social media. The supervision goes for pets as well. DO NOT allow pets off leash to jump into the water. Keep them on leash at all times. It's the law in Golden!
8. Learn to Swim - No matter your age learning to swim is one of the best ways to be safer in and around the water.
Swim with A Buddy
- Do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a
beach with life guards, use the buddy system.
10. Never Give UP! - Remember, keep your feet up and downstream, and your head pointed at the shore you want to go. Swim at a 45 degree angle towards the shore. Keep going until you are in shallow water or in a calmer area.