A Message from DBW’s Deputy Director

Dear Boating Safety Partner:


The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) welcomes you to California’s 2017 boating season! Memorial Day through Labor Day is the busiest time of the year on California’s waterways. We invite you to partner with us to advance both water safety and boater education.


This summer season begins with some of the highest water levels and coldest water not seen or felt in many years. Swift and cold water can create treacherous conditions for everyone, including experienced swimmers. Jumping into cold water can cause many effects, including an involuntary gasp for air when you are under water which can lead to panic and start the drowning process. Cold-water shock is dangerous. Not wearing a life jacket while recreating in cold water makes it even more perilous.


Enclosed in this media kit, you will find a news release promoting a survival guide for the 2017 summer season, safety tips and information on this year’s boating safety media campaign. The theme for this year is “Save the Ones You Love”. We encourage you to use resources from this campaign to further spread the life-saving message.


Also, help us spread the news about a new boating facility locator app titled BoatCA. The app offers an array of boating safety information, clean and green boating practices as well as information on nearly 1,000 boating locations and facilities.


Lastly, I’d like to remind you about California’s new boating education requirement – the California Boater Card Program. The program will be rolled out in phases starting January 1, 2018. Boaters can take a home study, classroom or online boating safety course now to be prepared to apply for a card. For detailed information, please visit www.CaliforniaBoaterCard.com.

Thank you for being our partner. Together we can help make 2017 a safe and enjoyable boating season!



Lynn Sadler

Deputy Director

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways