AZGFD aims to exchange a record number of life jackets in 2018
PHOENIX — Nearly 850 life jackets have been exchanged so far this year, but that number will ramp up after the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) holds five more events in August. 2018 is the 10-year anniversary of the life jacket exchange program, and AZGFD is aiming to exchange a record-setting 1,700 life jackets this year.
Anyone who has an old, worn-out or improperly fitting life jacket is welcome to exchange it for a new one in the appropriate size during the events. Type I and Type II life jackets will not be accepted.
The public is invited to join AZGFD and its partner organizations at the following life jacket exchange events:
- Bullhead City at BCFD Fire Station #2 (1230 Highway 95) on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon
- Lake Pleasant at the 4 Lane boat ramp and the 10 Lane boat ramp Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon
- Lake Havasu at Site Six on Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon
- Yuma at Martinez Lake on Aug. 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
“In addition to exchanging more life jackets than ever before, this year we have been excited to hold the events in new locations throughout Arizona,” said Josh Hoffman, boating safety education coordinator for AZGFD. “This will be our first life jacket exchange in Yuma, and it’s a great opportunity to allow as many Arizonans as possible to ensure they have a new life jacket that fits properly.”
State law requires all passengers 12 years old and younger to wear a life jacket while on board and each passenger must have a properly fitting, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket available.
Another important aspect of safe boating is understanding the laws and regulations for cruising around Arizona’s waterways. AZGFD offers free in-person courses for both boaters and paddlers to ensure that all of Arizona’s residents have access to instruction on the basic skills required to safely and legally operate their boat.
For more information about boating in Arizona or to sign up for a free safety course, visit azgfd.gov/boating.