Life Jacket Trade-In Events







Central California

May 19, 10am - 2pm
Port San Luis Harbor
3950 Avila Beach Drive
Avila Beach, CA 93424
May 18, 10am - 2pm
1275 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442 (behind US Coast Guard Station Morro Bay Harbor Office)

Northern California

May 11, 10am – 2pm
Alameda Community Sailing Center
190 Central Avenue 
Alameda, CA 95401
May 11, 11am – 1pm
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center 
921 Waterfront Drive 
Eureka, CA 95501
May 18, 11am - 5pm
Lake Merritt Boating Center
568 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
May 25, 5am – 7pm
Forebay Aquatic Center
930 Garden Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
May 24, TBD
Redding Aquatic Center
44 Quartz Hill Road
Redding, CA 96003
June 2, 9am – 1pm
Mission Creek Park
451 Berry Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
May 18, 10am - 2pm
Loch Lomond Marina
110 Loch Lomond Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901
May 18, 10am - 2pm
New Melones Lake Visitor Center and Museum
6850 Studhorse Flat Road
Sonora, CA 95370

Southern California

May 19, 11am - 3pm
Crown Cove Aquatic Center
5000 CA-75
Coronado, CA 92118
May 18, 8am - 4pm
OC Sailing and Events Center
34451 Ensenada Place
Dana Point, CA 92629
May 18, 11am - 3pm
US Sailing Center Long Beach
5489 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803

June 15, 8am - 4pm
Long Beach Sea Base
5875 Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
May 18, 10am - 2pm
240 Harbor Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054
Between S & T docks
May 11, 9am - 3pm
Safe Boating Expo
Channel Islands Coast Guard Station
4201 S. Victoria Avenue
Oxnard, CA
May 18, 9am - 1pm
Mission Bay - East Bay Fiesta Island
Fiesta Island Road and Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

May 19, 8am - 4pm
Mission Bay Aquatic Center
1001 Santa Clara Place
San Diego, CA 92109



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 above 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.