is the Teens Afloat Life Jacket Purchase Program
for all about?
The BoatU.S. Foundation has found
that teens are an underserved niche for life jacket programs. Through
a grant from the Brunswick Public Foundation, the BoatU.S. Foundation
is now able to offer a limited number of organizations the chance to purchase
life jackets for their teen on-the-water education programs. This pilot
program offers discounted adult-sized life jackets to organizations who
regularly and frequently take teens on the water.
Who can apply?
Only non-profit organizations with 501 (c)(3) status may apply. No government
organizations are eligible for this program.
What type of programs does my non-profit
have to conduct?
Preference for life jacket purchases will be given to established organizations
that will use the life jackets immediately and will continue to use them
on a regular and frequent basis with teenagers. Organizations should already
conduct frequent on-the-water programs, like educational boat trips or
kayak excursions, for example. Organizations which also incorporate boating
safety and clean water education into their programs will be favored
kind of life jackets are available?
The Type III life jackets are all one size and will fit most kids and
teens over 90 lbs. They are open-sided and adjustable for a chest size
of 30 to 52”.
What do they look like?
The life jackets are a vest-style Type III. They are yellow with blue
straps, silkscreened with a BoatU.S. Foundation logo. The jackets are
good quality and sell for about $15.00 retail.
How much will the life jackets cost me?
Through the Foundation, life jackets are $5.00 each. They will only be
sold in boxes of 10, at $50 per box. No shipping or tax will be charged.
How many jackets can I request?
You may order between 10 and 50 jackets, but only in increments of 10.
How will I pay for the jackets?
When you apply to purchase jackets, you must send in a check for the cost
of all the jackets you wish to purchase. Please send in the exact amount;
there is no tax charged on the jackets. Once we have selected the participating
organizations, we will either cash your check if you are accepted, or
we will return the check to you if you were not.
What if I need smaller or larger sized life jackets?
At this time, the only jackets available for sale at a reduced rate are
the universal adult size. If you would like to purchase other sized jackets
at a normal wholesale rate, please call the BoatU.S. Wholesale department
at 1-800-365-9283. If you need smaller jackets for occasional use, consider
becoming a “Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids” participant in 2003 by
When will I receive my jackets?
Qualified groups received their jackets at the end of August 2002.
So what’s the catch?
We want you to include some elements of boating safety and environmental
education in your program. Maybe you already do this—if so, great! In
case you need some more ideas, when you get your life jackets, we’ll also
send you a list of ideas and suggestions about how you can better educate
teens about boating safety and environmental issues. The inclusion of
these topics in your programs is essential, so we encourage you to use
the topics and techniques we provide, or get creative in developing your
own innovative ways of educating teens!
In several months, we’ll be contacting you to find out how your programs
are going. At this time, we’d like to get a one-page report detailing
how you’ve worked boating safety and environmental education into your
on-the-water programs. Additionally, we’d like a minimum of three photographs
that show teens in your program enjoying activities on the water while
wearing the life jackets we’ve provided you.
for your interest!