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Life Jacket Trade-In Events

Upcoming Life Jacket Trade-In Events

(Subject to Change)
Always check with the local sponsor for current information

Central California



Northern California





Every year, 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, Melissa Miranda, at or (916) 327-1832.

Past Life Jacket Trade-in Events

Central California

May 19, 10am - 2pm
4th Annual Kids' Safety Day
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
CA Hwy-145
Friant, CA 93626
May 19 & 20, 9am - 2pm
Friends of Morro Bay Harbor Dept.
Morro Bay Harbor/Coast Guard Station
1275 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442

Northern California

May 19, 10 am – 4 pm
Alameda Community Sailing Center
Boat Ramp Road
Alameda, CA 95401
June 2, 10 am – 1 pm
Crescent City Harbor
101 Citizens Dock Road
Crescent City, CA 95531
May 20, 11am - 4:30pm
Bass Pro Shops
5472 Crossings Drive
Rocklin, CA 95677
June 23, 10am - 2pm
Granite Bay Launch Ramp Staging Area 4
Douglas Blvd.
Granite Bay, CA
May 19, 10am - 3pm
C.V. Starr Aquatic Center
300 S. Lincoln Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

May 26
Noyo Harbor
19325 S Harbor Dr.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
May 26 & 27, 10am - 1pm
Forebay Aquatic Center
930 Garden Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
May 25, 5pm - 7pm
Redding Aquatic Center
44 Quartz Hill Road
Redding, CA 96006
May 13, 9am - 4pm
UC San Francisco Outdoor Adventures
Mission Creek Park
4th Street & Channel Street
San Francisco, CA
May 20, 10am - 3pm
Sailing Education Adventures
110 Loch Lomond Drive
San Rafael, CA 94902
May 19 & 20
Santa Cruz Port District
135 Fifth Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
May 19, 10am - 1pm
Coast Guard Station Golden Gate
435 Murray Circle
Sausalito, CA 94965

Southern California

June 23, 8am - 12pm
Big Bear Veterans Park
450-498 Knickerbocker Road
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
May 19, 8am - 4pm
OC Sailing and Events Center
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
May 19, 8am - 12pm
Aquatic Center at La Laguna Boat Launch 
32040 Riverside Drive
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
May 19, 10am - 12pm
Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor Site #4
699 London Bridge Road
Lake Havasu, AZ 86403
June 16, 11am - 3pm
US Sailing Center
5489 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803
May 19, 10am - 7pm & May 20, 10am - 5pm
MarinaFest/Discover Marina del Rey
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindinao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
May 20, 10am - 2pm
West Marine
1719 Ocean Blvd.
Oceanside, CA 92054
May 12, 9am - 4pm
Safe Boating Expo
CSU Channel Islands Life Jacket Trade-In
Channel Islands Coast Guard Station
4201 S. Victoria Avenue
Oxnard, CA
May 20, 11am - 3pm
Crown Cove Open House & Expo
Crown Cove Aquatic Center 
5000 CA-75
Coronado, CA 92118

May 20, 8am - 6pm
Mission Bay Aquatic Center
1001 Santa Clara Place
San Diego, CA 92109
May 26, 12pm - 3pm
Open House - Safe Boating Event
Leo Robbins Sailing Center
2950 Pierpont Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001