Arizona Safe Boating Celebration

May 22, 2004
Lake Pleasant, Arizona
8 AM to 3 PM

An aerial view of Lake Pleasant looking North

A favorite for sail and power boating

Ten Lane Ramp at Lake Pleasant
A view looking south to the main boat launch ramp a Lake Pleasant, Arizona
The location for the 2004
Arizona Safe Boating Celebration was the East Parking Lot (left portion of the photo).
The ten lane ramp can be seen in the right center of the photo and
leads into the lake from the parking lot above and behind it.

 Boat Smart, Boat Safe
Wear It!

Nauegue con Inteligencia, Nauegue con seguridad

Activities List

Fire Extinguisher training
How to toss a heaving line
How to tie a cleat hitch
Anchoring techniques
Maneuvering near docks and crew responsibilities
Crew communications
How to put on a life jacket in the water
Life jackets for kids and family pets
How to deal with summer monsoon storms
Appropriate use of VHF radios
Carbon Monoxide poisoning dangers
Teak surfing
Heaters on boats
Free Vessel Safety checks
Appearances by local dignitaries
Fueling safety
Trailering techniques
General boating etiquette
Boat ramp etiquette
Buoy instruction
CPR demonstrations
Skipper saver short classes
Poster contest for kids
Minimum safety gear per boat size
Rescue Helicopters display
Helicopter rescue demonstration
Water slide and tunnel for the Kids
Remote control model boat racing
Prize drawings every hour
Food and drinks available

Click here for the Activity Schedule

The first annual Arizona Safe Boating Celebration was held Saturday May 22, 2004 and was, in many ways, it was a huge success. Thanks to all the volunteers for making all this happen. The booths were set up and manned as planned. Public participation could have been better, but we will deal with that for next year. As far as the planning, timing of classes, speakers, demonstrations, etc. we were right on target most of the day.

Rescue Helicopter

We had a minor hold up in the middle of the day when the Peoria Fire Department and the Ranger helicopter had to use our landing pad for a real near drowning emergency. Although classes kind of drew to a halt during that non-planned event, it really showed the need for safety!

 TV Interview
Morning TV Show Interviews
 Youth Poster Contest
Kids put their talents to work for the Youth Poster Contest

We kicked it all off with a Friday morning advertisement on Phoenix Channel 10 news show from 6-9. Several volunteers were on hand bright and early (6am) for assisting with that too. Thanks to all for that also. Channel 10 Weatherman Cory McCloskey did a wonderful job of promoting the event. Saturday the Peoria Times and The Sun City newspaper out doing articles for their respective papers.

 East Ramp Celebration Site
Pop-up tents provide the shade from the
Arizona sun.
 Water Slides
Water slides were a kid favorite
 Hawaiina Tropic Girls
A photo opportunity with the Hawaiian Tropic Girls
 Wake Boarding
A wake board demonstration
 Drowning Prevention
Drowning Prevention Booth
 Carbon Monoxide booth
Carbon Monoxide Booth
 Shore Crowd
Attention is directed to the lake --
 USCG Rescue Demonstration
USCG Helicopter demonstrates a water rescue
 Model Boaters
Model Boaters and their creations
 Model Boat on the water
Note the rooster tail from the model boat
(just over the left shoulder of the modeler)
 Life Flight Helicopter Display
LifeFlight Helicopter is open for inspection
 Little Winner
This youngster was a big winner at one of
the hourly drawings.

Sponsored by
G&F Logo USPS Logo USCG Aux Logo  
Arizona Game & Fish
Phoenix Sail and Power Squadron  U.S Coast Guard
Maricopa County
Parks and Recreation

With assistance from these fine partners:




Arizona Department of Tourism
Campbell’s Mercantile
Hawaiian Tropics Girls

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Peoria Fire Department

Pleasant Harbor Marina
Scottsdale Model Boaters
Shamrock Farms
West Marine

Links to other year's celebrations
2011 2010  2009  2008   2007 2006  2005  2004 

For information about safe boating classes in Arizona check the Arizona Safe Boating Council
for the latest schedules and locations.

Arizona Game and Fish Department
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - Division 10
United States Power Squadrons® - Phoenix Sail and Power Squadron
Maricopa County Parks and Recreation

Arizona Safe Boating Celebration Home Page


* The Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age,or disability in its programs and activities.If anyone believes they have been discriminated against in any of the AGFD’s programs or activities, including its employment practices, the individual may file a complaint alleging discrimination directly with the AGFD Deputy Director, 2221 W. Greenway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85023, (602) 942-3000 or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N.Fairfax Dr., Suite 130, Arlington, VA 22203. If you require this document in an alternative format, please contact the AGFD Deputy Director as listed above or by calling TTY at (800) 367-8939.

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