Arizona Safe Boating Celebration

The 5th Annual Celebration
May 17, 2008
Lake Pleasant, AZ
8 AM to 12 PM


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Is your watercraft safe? Do you have everything onboard that you need to keep your family safe while you are on the water? Are you knowledgeable of Arizona's boating laws and regulations? Do you know what all those buoys mean? This event can put those worries to rest as you find out more about keeping your family and boat safe.

This is your chance to see a real U.S. Coast Guard helicopter demonstrate rescue swimmer techniques, just like the ones in the movies! Wakeboard demos, knot tying, sailboat and kayak demos, and much, much more is planned for the celebration at the 10-lane boat ramp. A display is planned to show you the latest in lightweight, comfortable, and stylish life jackets plus a look back at life jackets from the past! There will be prizes throughout the morning and lots of information from boating experts that will help you enjoy safe boating on the lake.

Find out how to operate your boat safely and learn about dangers such as excessive speed, alcohol, and carbon dioxide poisoining. And, don't miss this annual opportunity to get your FREE watercraft safety check, which will be available at both boat ramps. While you might not pass, you won't be cited during the event! The inspection takes LESS THAN 15 MINUTES and can be performed while you get your boat ready to launch. Don't forget to stop and let us put your mind at ease knowing you are a safe boater.

The first 200 boat owners of vessels that are checked will receive a discount coupon for park entry

Schedule of Activities.

 8 am - 12 noon Free Vessel Safety Checks
 8 am The Arizona Wakeboard Association will provide a wake boarding demonstration
 9:30 am United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter swimmer rescue demonstration

Ongoing Activities

Product giveaways from Red Bull and Shamrock Farms
Canoe/kayak demonstrations - waterside
Adobe Mountain Wildlife display
Information booths hosted by USCG Auxiliary and Phoenix Sail & Power Squadron for safety checks
Information booth hosted by Arizona Game and Fish for Quagga Mussel information, vintage life jackets
Information booth hosted by Scorpion Bay Marina
Information booth hosted by Lake Pleasant Regional Park with lake info, buoy display, fatal vision, knot tying demonstrations
Peoria Fire Department display

The USCG Auxiliary will provide safe boating education in the form of six, 10-minute rotating presentations/demos (continuous throughout the celebration) that will be done at the ramp while boats are being inspected. They include:

Photos of the 2008 Celebration

Lake Pleasant 10 lane launch ramp make ready area

Boating Safety Display Booths

 Vessel Safety Checks

USCG Auxiliary Boating Safety Patrol boat
is ready to launch

Quagga mussels and what they can do to a
buoy anchor a short period of time

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

The Organizing Committee
 Ruth McCormick (chair)  Lake Pleasant Regional Park
 Kelly Fowke Arizona Game & Fish Dept.
 Theresa Guillen  Arizona Game & Fish Dept.
 Bill Johnson  Phoenix Sail & Power Squadron
 Connie Johnson  Phoenix Sail & Power Squadron
 Darci Kinsman  Lake Pleasant Regional Park
 Tom Nunes  USCG Auxiliary
 Dawna Taylor  Maricopa County Parks & Recreation
 Bob Schloeman  Phoenix Sail & Power Squadron

With the help of the Lake Pleasant Regional Park staff and the Vessel Safety Examiners
of the USCG Auxiliary and Phoenix Sail & Power Squadron

And with assistance from these fine contributing partners:


 Peoria Fire Dept

 National Water Safety Congress**

Central Arizona Project
Sportsman's Warehouse Arizona Wakeboard Association Shamrock Farms
Red Bull Energy Drink West Marine Scorpion Bay Marina



 Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center



Discount Marine and RV

Links to our contributing partners websites
Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center
Arizona Wakeboard Association

Discount Marine and RV
Central Arizona Project
Peoria Fire Department
National Water Safety Congress**
Red Bull Energy Drink

Scorpion Bay Marina
Shamrock Farms
Sportsman's Warehouse

West Marine

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

For Safe Boating classes in Arizona
check the
Arizona Safe Boating Council website
for the latest schedules and locations

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Arizona G&F Laws and Rules (Title 5 2007-2008 Edition)
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - Division 10
United States Power Squadrons® - Phoenix Sail and Power Squadron
Lake Pleasant Regional Park

* 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, 5000 W Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086 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.

** Funded in part by a grant from the National Water Safety Congress.

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This page was last updated January 18, 2009