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Life jacket exchanges to take place at Lake Powell (June 9) and Big Lake (June 23)

Posted June 7, 2018

10-year anniversary of life jacket exchanges continues with two more events

The 10-year anniversary of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AZGFD) life jacket exchanges continues with two more events: Lake Powell on June 9 and Big Lake on June 23. (Please note that the Big Lake event was rescheduled from its original date of June 16 due to weather.) During the exchanges, people with old, worn out and less-effective life jackets can swap them for a new one, while supplies last.

The public is invited to join AZGFD and its partner organizations at the following life jacket exchange events:

“It’s a good idea to inspect your life jackets and safety gear at the start of each boating season to ensure that your equipment is in good condition,” said Josh Hoffman, AZGFD’s boating safety education coordinator. “We welcome you to take advantage of these events. If you have life jackets that are worn out or no longer the right size, come exchange them for ones that are in good condition and fit correctly.”

Please note that Type I and Type II life jackets will not be accepted.

Last year AZGFD swapped more than 800 old life jackets for brand new, fully functioning life jackets in the person’s appropriate size. And this year the department is aiming to reach 1,700 people with new life jackets — a record-setting number for the state. The exchanges at Lake Powell and Big Lake follow eight events that were held on May 19 to kick off boating season in Arizona.

Before heading out on the water, it’s important that boaters check to ensure that their life jackets are in good condition and that they are the right size and fit for passengers. When inspecting life jackets, look for any rips or tears, missing straps, broken fasteners, and to ensure that the flotation hasn’t shifted. Based on observations from AZGFD’s boating education program, life jackets should be inspected each boating season due to the environment’s impact on their materials.

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.

For more information about boating in Arizona or to sign up for a free safety course, visit