Life Jacket Trade-In Events to be Held on May 25

The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), Radio Disney, and UC Davis Children’s Hospital announce the 13th Annual Life Jacket Trade-In. This event will take place May 25 from 4-6 p.m. at select Kohl’s Department Store locations in the Sacramento region, from noon-2 p.m. at Plaza El Segundo in El Segundo, and Old Town Plaza in Suisun City and from 2-4 p.m. at Alameda South Shore Center in Alameda.

“It is important for water enthusiasts to not only wear life jackets, but to wear them correctly,” said DBW’s acting Director Lucia Becerra.  “Life jackets that are too small will not be able to keep your body afloat.  Life jackets that are too big will cause the device to push up around the face, which could be dangerous.”

The life jackets that are traded in give parents the opportunity for the life jackets to be inspected by professionals.  If a life jacket is found to be outgrown or unserviceable, then a new, properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket is given in exchange (while supplies last).

Participating locations include:


Sacramento County

Kohl’s Department Stores 4-6 p.m.



5030 Antelope Road


Elk Grove

8810 Calvine Road



1013 Riley Street



6135 San Juan Avenue



4700 Natoma Boulevard


Point West – Arden

1896 Arden Way


Rancho Cordova

11051 Olson Drive



10375 Fairway Drive


Los Angeles County

El Segundo

Plaza El Segundo noon-2 p.m.

760 S. Sepulveda Boulevard


San Francisco Bay Area


Old Town Plaza noon-2 p.m.

Main and Solano Streets



Alameda South Shore Center 2-4 p.m.

523 S. Shore Center West


Community partners include CBS Radio, Drowning Accident Rescue Team, Radio Disney, Sacramento Safe Kids Coalition, Solano County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, UC Davis Regents, and the U.S. Power Squadrons. This event is being conducted in connection with National Safe Boating Week (May 19-25), which aims to spread the message about life jacket wear and other safe boating practices.


California boating law requires all children under the age of 13, every person on board a personal watercraft (Jet Ski) or being towed behind a vessel to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.  The law also requires life jackets to be carried on a vessel for every person on board.

For more information about the life jacket trade-in or life jackets, please visit

Note to media: DBW supplies life jackets for children and adults to public and private life jacket loan stations across the state.  The program gives an individual or family the opportunity to check out a life jacket for a day or a weekend by simply completing a loan form. For more information, visit the website listed above.




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