National Safe Boating Week

National Safe Boating Week is the official launch of the 2014 North American Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the national theme, Wear It! DBW invites California’s boaters to partake in this nationally-driven effort by participating in one or two of the events listed below.

Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day
Date:               Friday, May 16
Location:        International
Show up at work sporting your life jacket and post your “selfie” on DBW’s Facebook and/or Twitter sites, as well as on the campaign’s website

Aquatic Center National Safe Boating Week Events
Date:               May 17-23
Location:        Statewide
Stop by and learn how you can keep yourself, your family and friends safe this summer season. Activities include: free kayaking, sailing or SUP lessons, safety games, free life jackets and boating safety class scholarship awards while supplies last. View events.

Ready, Set, Wear It!
Date:               Saturday, May 17
Location:        Statewide
Last year, boating safety enthusiasts from the U.S., Canada and abroad set a new world record for life jacket wear. Help them beat their own record this year and let’s put California on top! Visit the initiative’s website for further information.

15th Annual Life Jacket Trade-In Event
Date:               Saturday, May 17
Location:        Various throughout the state.
This life saving program provides recreational boaters the opportunity for life jackets to be inspected by professionals. If a life jacket is found to be outgrown or unserviceable, a new, properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket is given in exchange. One per family, while supplies last. View participating locations.

View other events during National Safe Boating Week and throughout the boating season at