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Life Jacket Trade-In Events

Beginning in May, boating safety partners will offer many life jacket trade-in events across the state to promote boating safety. Similar events will be added to the list below as they become available.

Life jacket trade-in events provide boaters an opportunity to bring in their current life jackets for a professional inspection. If a life jacket is found to be unserviceable or the wearer has outgrown it, a new, properly-fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket will be given in exchange, at no cost while supplies last. 

DBW encourages boaters to visit a trade-in location or boating safety event at aquatic centers and boating organizations throughout the state to learn more about life jacket and boater education.   

Life Jacket Tips

  • Coast Guard-approved: All life jackets approved for use by the Coast Guard will have an approval number located on the inside label. Only approved life jackets should be used on the water, and boaters may be cited for lacking proper equipment.
  • Proper Fit: Life jacket sizes come with weight or chest measurements, and should fit snug rather than purchased to allow a wearer to “grow into.” A small life jacket may not provide enough flotation to keep a person afloat. One that is too large can slip off upon entry into the water or could ride up around the face and obstruct breathing.
  • Intended Boating Activity: Always check the life jacket label to ensure it is approved for the intended boating activity,
  • Good Condition: Check the life jacket before using to ensure it is in good condition. Jackets with rips, tears, mildew, loose or missing straps, frayed webbing, broken zippers or buckles, hardened stuffing or faded label instructions lose their strength and buoyancy and must be replaced. 

Check this page for life jacket trade-in event dates throughout the boating season. For more information on life jacket trade-in events, contact the Education and Outreach Program Specialist, Evan Becker, at or (916) 327-0184.

Life Jacket Trade-In Events
(Subject to Change) Note to the Public:

May 20, 2017

UC Berkeley Aquatic Center
124 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 643-8823  
BIG BEAR LAKE 10am-12pm
East Ramp Office
Carol Morrison Public Launch
41911 North Shore Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
(951) 866-5200
DANA POINT 8am-4pm
OC Sailing and Events Center
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 235-2252 
5879 Marina Road
Discovery Bay, CA 94505
(925) 698-1590
EUREKA 10am-2pm
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
921 Waterfront Drive
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 443-4222
FRESNO 8:30am-3pm
Millerton SRA
5290 Millerton Road
Friant, CA 93626
(559) 822-2332
Lake Sonoma
3288 Skaggs Springs Road
Geyserville, CA 95441
La Laguna Boat Launch
32040 Riverside Drive
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
24898 Highway 89
Burney, CA 96013
MORRO BAY 10am-2pm
Tidelands Park
Morro Bay
(805) 441-2589
OAKLAND 11am-5pm
Lake Merritt Boating Center
568 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 238-2196
OCEANSIDE 10am-2pm
West Marine
1719 Oceanside Boulevard
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 468-6212
OROVILLE 10am-2pm
Lake Oroville Visitor Center
917 Kelly Ridge Road
Oroville, CA 95966
(530) 532-3085
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Parks
Irvine Finch Launch Ramp
(530) 342-5185
Moonshine Park
280 Marina Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(805) 312-5929
Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 327-1832
Coastal Gateway Building,
3900 Avila Beach Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 441-2589
SANTA CRUZ 9am-3pm
135-5th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CC 95062
(831) 475-6161
SAUSALITO 10am-2pm
USCG Station Golden Gate
435 E Murray Circle
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 515-3432 

May 21, 2017

CORONADO 11am-3pm
Crown Cove Aquatic Center
5000 CA 75
Coronado, CA 32118
(Park in Silver Strand State Beach parking lots)
(619) 575-6176

5879 Marina Road
Discovery Bay, CA 94505
(925) 698-1590
LONG BEACH 11am-3pm
US Sailing Center
5489 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-7939
SAN DIEGO 8am-6pm
Mission Bay Aquatic Center
1001 Santa Clara Place
San Diego, CA  92109
(858) 488-1000 x 210

May 24, 2017

TRINIDAD 9:30am-5pm
Stone Lagoon Visitor Center
115336 Hwy 101
Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 498-1130

May 27, 2017

OROVILLE 10am-7pm
Forebay Aquatic Center
930 Garden Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 961-3767
Redding Aquatic Center
44 Quartz Hill Road
Redding, CA 96003
FORT BRAGG 10am-5pm
32100 N. Harbor Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 841-7970
SAN DIEGO 8am-12pm
San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team Boathouse
Mission Bay-Fiesta Island
1750 Fiesta Island Road
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 342-9521

June 3, 2017

Crescent City Harbor
Anchor Way near boat ramp
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 327-1832

June 24, 2017

OCC Sailing Center
1801 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 645-9412

June 30, 2017

Kohl's Point West
1896 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 327-1832