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At Woodward & Modesto Reservoirs there are life jackets available FREE of charge to our patrons who are visiting for the day or staying overnight. Simply head to the marina and check out a vest to use for the day. Be sure to bring it back so that others can have the safety that the life jackets provide. 

These lifejackets are made available through grants from the Sea Tow Foundation (at Modesto Reservoir) and California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (at Woodward Reservoir).

Deaths from drowning are preventable tragedies that can affect anyone in, on or around the water. Wearing a life jacket is a simple life-saving technique the even strong swimmers should utilize. Here are some important reminders:

  • Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved.

  • Double check that your life jacket is appropriate for the water activities that you and your loved ones will be participating in. Read the label!

  • Take the time to ensure a proper fit: right size and right weight rating.

  • Check your life jacket – make sure it is in good serviceable condition, with no tears or holes.

  • Life jackets are not swim lesson aids. However, exposure to life jackets during swimming lessons teaches a child how it should fit, and how it feels and performs in the water.

  • The main thing to remember is that a life jacket is just one of the layers of drowning prevention. Children who have learned to swim or are comfortable in the water or in a life jacket still need other layers of drowning protection, including close supervision, fencing barriers, and lifeguards or water watchers.

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