Celebrate Safe Boating Day Sunday, May 23 - Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Registration required for classes! Life Jacket Giveaway for the kids while supplies last!

May 18, 2021

In collaboration with the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, we will be celebrating National Safe Boating Day on Sunday, May 23rd with some no-cost safety courses, a used equipment sale*, and a free lifejacket giveaway. While this year’s celebration will look a little different than years past, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about boating safety and enjoy some time on the water. 

                                             Learn more and register for our Safe Boating Day activities at!


*Limited spots available.  

Register at while supplies last.

**Attendees will be required to wear facial coverings and physical distance from others. All event activities will occur outdoors.**


We want to make sure that you are well-equipped for a safe, enjoyable time on and around the water this summer so we will be giving away a limited number of free youth and adult life jackets. Life jackets can be picked up on Sunday, May 23, 2021 from 10:00am-2:00pm while supplies last. When you arrive to MBAC follow the signs to the Free Life Jacket Giveaway next to the rental area at the south west corner of MBAC. 

Life jackets are essential safety equipment for those spending time on or around the water. In 2020 drowning was reported as the cause of death in three-fourths of all boating-related fatalities, with approximately 85 percent of those who drowned not wearing life jackets. Please do your part to wear a life jacket and stop preventable drownings.


For Safe Boating Day we are offering a limited number of no-cost, on-the-water instructional courses to learn to be a safer sailor or paddler.

For sailors with previous sailing experience but have not been qualified to rent sailboats at MBAC, our Small Boat Sailing Safety Training Course is a great opportunity to learn more about sailing safely on Mission Bay, and to become qualified to rent Hobies or Lasers from MBAC. These courses are designed for sailors with experience looking to expand their knowledge on rigging and fine tune their sailing skills. Successful completion will allow participants to be eligible to rent Hobies or Lasers at our facility. Please select a class from the list below and use coupon code boatsafe2021 to register at no-cost:

We have two options for aspiring or experienced stand up paddlers or kayakers to become proficient or more confident in their skills. The Paddle Smarter Clinic will teach Stand Up Paddlers to handle challenging conditions and to make paddling easier and more enjoyable. Experience Kayaking will acquaint participants with the sport of kayaking and will give the opportunity to practice maneuvers to safely control a kayak while enjoying a guided tour of Mission Bay. Please select a class from the list below and use coupon code boatsafe2021 to register at no-cost:


We are excited to host our Annual Used Equipment Sale on Sunday, May 23, 2021 from 10am-2pm. This year, in order to safely limit attendance you will need to reserve a time to check out and purchase equipment. Before you book a time slot, please review the inventory list below to make sure that we may have what you are looking for. After booking a time, please make sure that you arrive early to find parking and give yourself plenty of time to be able to make it to your scheduled reservation slot. We may not be able to allow you to access the sale if you arrive later than your reserved time. We accept payment by credit card and each attendee will be limited to the purchase of one kayak or one paddleboard. Below is a list of equipment that will be available for purchase:

  • Used sit on top kayaks:
    (8) Ocean Kayak Scupper Pro – $250
    (2) Ocean Kayak Scrambler – $250
  • Stand Up Paddleboards:
    (8) – Well used – $150 to $250
  • Soft Surfboards
    (8) – Well used – $40
  • Wakeboard/Waterski equipment
    Varies (wakesurf boards, waterskiis, kneeboards, ski vests) $10 to $250
  • J24 sailboat – $1000
  • 2007 Yamaha Waverunner – $500

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