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Celebrate Boating Safety Day on Sunday, May 21

In collaboration with the National Safe Boating Council – National Safe Boating Week, we are celebrating Boating Safety Day on Sunday, May 21, 2023, with no-cost paddling safety courses* and sailing safety courses*, used equipment sale*, free life jacket giveaway, and beach clean up. This event is sponsored by a grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways.

*Limited space available. Book a spot while space is available.

Sailing Safety Courses and Qualification

To celebrate Boating Safety Day, we are offering a limited number of free sailing safety courses for experienced sailors who already know how to sail and are looking for additional sailing safety training and become qualified to rent MBAC sailboats. Successful completion will allow participants to be eligible to rent Hobies or Lasers at our facility, depending on which training you sign up for. Please select a course from the list below and use coupon code boatsafe2023 to register:

Paddling Safety Courses

On Boating Safety Day, we are offering two different no-cost course options for novice or experienced stand up paddlers or kayakers who want to become more proficient or confident in their paddling skills. Paddle Smarter Clinics teach stand up paddlers to handle challenging conditions and make paddling safer and more enjoyable. Experience Kayaking will acquaint participants with the sport of kayaking and give them the opportunity to practice maneuvers to safely control a kayak while enjoying a guided tour of Mission Bay. Both courses have limited space and require advanced registration. Please select a class from the list below and use coupon code boatsafe2023 to register:

Used Equipment Sale

We are excited to host our Semi-Annual Used Equipment Sale on Sunday, May 21, 2023, from 10:00am-1:00pm. If you’re interested in purchasing equipment you will need to reserve a time to browse 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. Once registered, please make sure that you arrive early to find parking and give yourself plenty of time to make it to your scheduled reservation slot. If you miss out on reserving a time slot, we will have open viewing of any remaining items from 1:00pm-2:00pm. We accept payment by credit card only and each attendee will be limited to the purchase of four large equipment items.

Click here to reserve a time to attend the Used Equipment Sale *Space is limited*


  • Wakesports equipment – (8) wakesurfers, (6) wakeboards – $20-$200
  • Stand Up Paddleboards (30+) – $75
  • INT soft surfboards (12) – $10
  • 9’2″ Almond R Series Surf Thump Longboard (1) – $150
  • Boogie boards (31) – $5
  • J24 sailboat (1) – $500
  • 2005 Laser Pico sailboat (1) – $1200
  • 2008 Tohatsu 6 HP outboard motor (1) – $550
  • Ford F150 pickup truck (1) – very well used (non-operational – must be towed on a flatbed) – $500
  • other various equipment

Beach Clean Up

Join us in an effort to keep the beach clean and clear of trash and debris from 9am-12pm on Sunday, May 21, 2023. We will provide gloves and bags to collect trash and recyclables, as well as a data card to assess our impact and report to the State. As a thank you for your efforts you will receive a complimentary pass good for one 2.5-hour stand up paddleboard or kayak rental. Bring the whole family down for the beach clean up in the morning and then enjoy an afternoon on the water with your complimentary rental passes. The beach clean up is in cooperation with I Love a Clean San Diego and the Adopt-A-Beach Program. No registration is required.

Free Life Jacket Giveaway

Make sure that you and your family are well-equipped for a safe, enjoyable time on and around the water this summer by having properly fitting and appropriate life jackets. To help, we will be giving away a limited number of free youth and adult life jackets. Life jackets will be available for pick up on Sunday, May 21, 2023, from 10:00am-2:00pm while supplies last. The life jackets are provided as part of a grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways.

Life jackets are essential safety equipment for those spending time on or around the water. In 2022 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.

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