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BoatUS Foundation seeks new life jacket loaner locations

The BoatUS Life Jacket Loaner program ensures that kids stay safe on the water.

The BoatUS Life Jacket Loaner program ensures that kids stay safe on the water.

The BoatUS Foundation is asking marinas, boat and fishing clubs and waterfront businesses to become sites to loan life jackets to kids.

Sometimes it’s not easy to borrow a right-sized life jacket when an infant or young teen comes aboard.

Marinas, boat and fishing clubs, waterfront businesses, organizations or other groups that serve boaters can help by becoming a BoatUS Foundation Life Jacket Loaner site.

There is no cost to set up a loaner site, and there is never a charge to borrow a life jacket.

Approved locations will receive a kit containing 12 child-sized life jackets with sizes from infant to youth, as well as signage and a local publicity kit.

The non-profit BoatUS Foundation, funded by donations from the more than half-million members of BoatUS, replenishes the supply of jackets as wear and tear takes its toll.

The only task loaner sites have is to track life jacket usage with a clipboard sign-out system and provide the Foundation with periodic feedback to help keep the life jacket supply in good condition.

The program currently has more than 550 life jacket loaner sites across the United States that collectively loan out children’s life jackets more than 140,000 times each year.

Locations can apply to become a loaner site here.

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