Sea Tow Foundation lends life jackets at Miami show

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Sea Tow provided life jackets for kids and parents at the Miami boat show.

Sea Tow provided life jackets for kids and parents at the Miami boat show.

The Sea Tow Foundation educated Miami International Boat Show attendees about the importance of wearing life jackets and loaned hundreds of PFDs during the Feb. 13-16 show.

Nearly 500 showgoers took the time to learn more about life jackets, and 365 kids borrowed PFDs to wear as they checked out boats and went for sea trials.

This was the fifth consecutive year that the Sea Tow Foundation hosted Life Jacket Loaner Stations at the show. The PFDs were donated by Onyx, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association provided space for the stations.

The foundation also launched a Life Jacket Selfie Giveaway Contest at this year’s show, awarding five prize packs totaling $3,600 to participants who took a selfie while wearing a loaner life jacket. More than 100 people participated.

“This year’s Miami International Boat Show was our most successful yet,” Sea Tow Foundation executive director Gail R. Kulp said in a statement. “Not only were we able to interact with 100,000 attendees and teach nearly 500 individuals about life jacket use, we also engaged with countless numbers of boaters, both at the show and watching at home, through our inaugural life jacket selfie contest.”

The stations at the show were part of Sea Tow Foundation’s nationwide Life Jacket Loaner Program, which hosts more than 600 loaner locations in 43 states.