National Safe Boating Week Children’s Lifejacket Trade-in

LOS ANGELES – The California Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating) in partnership with the Sacramento Safe Kids Coalition will be holding a children’s lifejacket trade-in at Sam’s Clubs in Long Beach, Irvine, and Riverside, Calif. on Friday, May 23, 2008 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The public is invited to bring in lifejackets for inspection. Boating safety experts from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Cal Boating will be on hand to inspect lifejackets and answer questions. Children’s lifejackets that are found to be in disrepair will be exchanged for a new one (while supplies last, one new children’s lifejacket per family).

California law requires children under 12 who are riding in a boat 26-feet or less to wear a Coast Guard-approved lifejacket.

Trade-ins will be accepted at the following Sam’s Clubs:

* 7480 Carson St, Long Beach
* 6363 Valley Springs Pkwy, Riverside
* 16555 Von Karman Ave, Irvine

Community Partners – Cal Boating, Radio Disney, CBS Radio, Sacramento Safe Kids Coalition, Drowning Accident Rescue Team (DART), Sam’s Club, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – come together to bring you a water safety event for National Safe Boating Week (May 17-24, 2008). The focus is on preventing water-related accidents involving children.

Boating Safety Resources:

* Wear It California Lifejacket Campaign –
* California Department of Boating and Waterways –
* U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety –

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One Comment

  1. Hello There,

    I am with the Petaluma Marina and find your water safety booklets (Aqua Smart Splasher the frog)very helpful to the public.

    I gave out the last of them to a class that visited the Petaluma Marina yesterday.

    I was hoping it would be possible to send us another box of them?

    If so our address is;

    The Petaluma Marina
    781 Baywood Drive
    Petaluma, CA 94954

    Thank you very much,

    Binky Thorsson, Petaluma Marina Supervisor