2016 Life Jacket Trade-In Opportunities


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California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) announces life jacket trade-in opportunities throughout the state in May and June. Life jacket trade-ins provide recreational boaters the opportunity to have life jackets inspected by safety professionals. If a life jacket is found to be unserviceable or the wearer has outgrown the life jacket, a new, properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket will be given in exchange. One life jacket per person, while supplies last.

Life jacket trade-in partners include aquatic centers, Drowning Accident Rescue Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, and local law enforcement agencies.

When choosing the right life jacket, water enthusiasts should ensure the following:

  • The life jacket is Coast Guard-approved. All life jackets approved for use by the Coast Guard will have an approval number on the inside label. Only Coast Guard-approved life jackets should be used when boating. Boaters could be cited if they do not have the proper equipment on board their vessel.
  • The life jacket is the proper size. Life jacket sizes are categorized by weight. Life jackets should fit snug and should never be purchased to “grow into.” A life jacket that is too small may not provide enough flotation to keep you afloat. A life jacket that is too large can slip off upon entry into the water or could ride up around the face and prevent normal breathing.
  • The life jacket is approved for the intended boating activity. Check the inside label of the life jacket to make sure it is approved for the boating activity you are participating in.
  • The life jacket is in good condition. Life jackets with rips, tears, mildew, loose or missing straps, frayed webbing, broken zippers or buckles, hardened stuffing or faded label instructions must be replaced.

For more information on life jackets, visit WearItCalifornia.com.

As additional Life Jacket Trade-In events are confirmed, this list will be updated. For more information on Life Jacket Trade-In Events, contact the Education and Outreach Program Specialist, Melissa Miranda, at Melissa.Miranda@parks.ca.gov or (916) 327-1832.

DATE
COUNTY
TRADE-IN LOCATION
21-May
Alameda
UC Berkeley Cal Adventures Aquatic Center
124 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
21-May
Alameda
Lake Merritt Boating Center
568 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
28-May
Butte
Forebay Aquatic Center
930 Garden Drive
Oroville CA 95965
21-May
Butte
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
Spillway Launch Ramp on North end of Lake Oroville Dam
21-May
Butte
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park
TBD
21-May
Contra Costa
Discovery Bay
TBD
21-May
Del Norte
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park & Tolowa Dunes State Park
Crescent City Boat Harbor
101 Citizens Dock Road
Crescent City, CA 95531
21-May
Fresno
Fresno River Sports Center
8805 CA-41
Fresno, CA 93720
21-May
Humboldt
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501
21-May
Humboldt
Humboldt Lagoons State Park
Patrick's Point Drive
10-May
Los Angeles
CSU Northridge - Main Campus
Matador Square at East University Drive
21-May
Los Angeles
Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation Aquatic Center
5489 E. Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803-4405
21-May
Madera
Eastman Lake (USACE)
32175 Road 29
22-May
Marin
Loch Lomond Marina
110 Loch Lomond Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901
21-May
Marin
Angel Island State Park
Ferry Dock in Ayala Cove
18-Jun
Orange
Orange Coast College Aquatic Center
1801 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
21-May
Orange
Sailing and Event Center/Baby Beach
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
5-Aug
Placer
Sierra Boat Co. Marina in Carnelian Bay
5146 N Lake Boulevard
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
21-May
Placer
Folsom Lake SRA
Granite Bay
14-May
Riverside
La Laguna Boat Launch
32040 Riverside Drive
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
28-May
Sacramento
Sacramento State Aquatic Center
Lake Natoma
21-May
San Bernardino
Colorado River
Fisherman's Access, Laughlin, NV
21-May
San Bernardino
Big Bear Lake
East Ramp - Carol Morrison Public Launch
41911 North Shore Drive (1/4 mile west of Stanfield)
22-May
San Diego
Mission Bay Aquatic Center
1001 Santa Clara Place
San Diego, CA 92109
28-May
San Diego
Mission Bay - East Bay-Fiesta Island
1750 Fiesta Island Road
San Diego, CA 92109
22-May
San Diego
Crown Cove Aquatic Center
5000 Hwy 75
Coronado, CA 92118
20-Apr
San Francisco
San Francisco State University
Accessible Adventures Day
Central Plaza, SFSU campus
30-Apr
San Francisco
Treasure Island Sailing Center
(Located on Treasure Island)
698 California Avenue, #112
San Francisco, CA 94130
9-Apr
San Joaquin
Stockton Sailing Club
4980 Buckley Cove Way
Stockton, CA 95219
21-May
San Luis Obispo
Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area
Entrance at Grand Avenue
27-May
Shasta
Redding Aquatic Center
44 Quartz Hill Road
Redding, CA 96003
21-May
Solano
Solano County Sheriff’s Office
675 Texas Street
Fairfield, CA 94533
14-May
Ventura
CSU Channel Islands Aquatic Center /
U.S. Coast Guard Station
4201 S. Victoria Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93035
28-May
Ventura
2950 Pierpont Boulevard
Ventura, CA 93001