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.

Event Date
Times
County
Trade-In Location

21-May

11am-5pm

Alameda

Lake Merritt Boating Center
568 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

21-May

TBD

Alameda

Del Valle Regional Park
7000 Del Valle Rd
Livermore, CA 94550

28-May

10am

Butte

Forebay Aquatic Center
930 Garden Drive
Oroville CA 95965

21-May

10am-2pm

Butte

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
Spillway Launch Ramp on North end of Lake Oroville Dam

21-May

12-2pm

Butte

Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park
Irvine Finch Entrance

21-May

10am-2pm

Clark County, Nevada

Fisherman's Access
1599 S Casino Drive
Laughlin, NV 89029

21-May

TBD

Contra Costa

Orwood Resort and Marina

4451 Orwood Road

Brentwood, Ca. 94513

21-May

12-2pm

Del Norte

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park & Tolowa Dunes State Park
Crescent City Boat Ramp

Anchor Way

21-May

10am-2pm

Fresno

Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
South Shore Kiosk
Grange Grove Picnic Grounds

21-May

10am-2pm

Humboldt

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
921 Waterfront Drive
Eureka CA 95501

21-May

10am-2pm

Humboldt

Humboldt Lagoons State Park
Kayak Zaks

115336 Highway 101
Trinidad, CA 95570

22-May

12-5pm

Los Angeles

King Harbor Yacht Club
280 Yacht Club Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

11-June

11am-3pm

Los Angeles

Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation Aquatic Center
5489 E. Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803-4405

21-May

8am-7pm

Madera

Eastman Lake (USACE)
32175 Road 29
Raymond, CA 93653

21-May

12-2pm

Marin

Angel Island State Park
Ferry Dock in Ayala Cove

21-May

8am

Marin

Bell Marin Keys CSD Office
4 Montego Key
Novato, CA 94949

21-May

10am-2pm

Marin

USCG Station Golden Gate
435 Murray Circle
Sausalito, CA 94965

21-May

9am-6pm

Nevada

North San Juan Fire District #3
13200 Tyler Foote Road
Nevada City, CA 95969

18-Jun

12-4pm

Orange

Orange Coast College Aquatic Center
1801 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663

21-May

8am-4pm

Orange

Sailing and Event Center
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629

21-May

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Orange County

San Clemente Lifeguard Headquarters
620 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672

5-Aug

TBD

Placer

Sierra Boat Co. Marina in Carnelian Bay
5146 N Lake Boulevard
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140

21-May

10am-2pm

Placer

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Granite Bay Boat Launch
Granite Bay, CA 95746

22-May

11am-1pm

Sacramento

Discovery Park
Boat Launch Area
1000 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833

21-May

11am-7pm

Sacramento

Discovery Park
SactoMoFo Event
1000 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833

21-May

11am-1pm

Sacramento

Discovery Park
Tiscornia Beach
195 Jibboom Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

21-May

11am-1pm

Sacramento

American River
Watt Avenue Access

21-May

11am-1pm

Sacramento

American River

Howe Avenue Access

21-May

11am-1pm

Sacramento

Miller Park
2710 Ramp Way
Sacramento, CA 95818

21-May

11am-1pm

Sacramento

Sand Cove Park Beach
2005 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833

21-May

12-2pm

San Bernardino

Big Bear Lake
West Ramp

Duane Boyer Public Launch

38925 North Shore Drive

21-May

8am-12pm

San Bernardino

Park Moabi
100 Park Moabi Road
Needles, CA 92363

21-May

8am-12pm

San Bernardino

Jack Smith Park
1000 River Road
Needles, CA 92363

22-May

11am-3pm

San Diego

Crown Cove Aquatic Center
5000 Highway 75
Coronado, CA 92118

21-May

9am-1pm

San Diego

Oceanside Harbor Village
280 Harbor Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054

28-May

8am-12pm

San Diego

Mission Bay - East Bay-Fiesta Island
1750 Fiesta Island Road
San Diego, CA 92109

21-May

12-2pm

San Luis Obispo

Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area
Pismo State Beach

27-May

5-7pm

Shasta

City of Redding Aquatic Center
44 Quartz Hill Road
Redding, CA 96003

21-May

12-2pm

Solano

Solano County Sheriff’s Office
675 Texas Street
Fairfield, CA 94533

21-May

9-11:50am

Solano

Suisun Waterfront

Mustang Days Event

28-May

12-3pm

Ventura

2950 Pierpont Boulevard
Ventura, CA 93001