Labor Day Weekend Safe Boating Tips

The 2017 Labor Day weekend is upon us with hot weather in the forecast. This last three day weekend of the summer and the hot weather will draw citizens outside doing many activities around water. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to stay safe while recreating on the water this Labor Day weekend

The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) will have staff at Lake Shasta this Labor Day Weekend to provide boaters with resources for safe boating. Staff will be at Bridge Bay Marina outside the Shasta County Sheriff’s Boating Safety Office both Saturday, September 2nd & Sunday, September 3rd 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Sheriff’s Boating Safety Office is at the gas docks at Bridge Bay Marina and can be accessed by land or water.

Boating safety education is part of the mission of the DBW and the goal for this event is to get boating safety information and safety equipment into the hands of the boating public at no cost to the recipient. The staff will be distributing life jackets for children, youth and adults while supplies last. They will also be distributing safety information including the ABCs of Boating booklet, Boating Under the Influence cards, Carbon Monoxide brochures, water safety activity books for kids and a Course for Safe Boating.

The home study Course for Safe Boating, is one of several courses that meets the education requirement for the new California Boater Card program that goes into effect January, 1 2018. Visit for more information on the new mandatory boater education requirement.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to make sure they have the proper safety equipment on their vessels.

There should be one United States Coast Guard approved life jacket readily accessible for every person on the vessel. The life jacket must be serviceable and the proper size and fit for the intended wearer. This includes paddle craft users.

All children under the age of 13 years must wear a life jacket on board a vessel, which is not anchored, moored or beached.

There needs to be one serviceable United States Coast Guard approved type IV throw able floatation device immediately accessible on every recreational vessel over 16 feet.

A serviceable United States Coast Guard approved marine type fire extinguisher shall be on all vessels required to carry them.

A sounding device is required on all vessels.

A ski flag is to be displayed whenever a skier is down, a rope or water ski or other water sport device is in the water. The ski flag shall not be displayed any other time.

Proper navigation lights are required, no water skiing and no PWC operations from sunset to sunrise. There is a 15 MPH speed limit on Lake Shasta from ½ hour after sunset to a ½ hour before sunrise.

Be aware of debris and land just under the water’s surface on Lake Shasta and maintain a proper look out at all times.

Beware of carbon monoxide around vessels. Make sure to shut off the engine while stopped and/or swimming.

Do not drink and drive and maintain a sober driver.

The lake water may feel warm, but the river water is still very cold. Citizens should take caution when entering the water. Excessive amounts of time in the cold water could lead to medical issues. The Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to wear a life jacket when on or near the water. The Sheriff’s Office hopes everyone has an enjoyable and fun Labor Day weekend.

More information on safe boating can be found at


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