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The Biggest Boating Weekend of the Year And You Don't Have Any Kids' Life Jackets?

BoatUS makes it easy to borrow a life jacket for the young ones.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 29, 2015 – The July 4th holiday is the biggest weekend on the water for boating and you don’t have enough kid’s life jackets for the little ones planning to come aboard for the fireworks and fun. What do you do?

Before you try putting a child in an adult life jacket, go to Boatus.org/life-jacket-loaner to find one near you. It’s the website for the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water’s kids’ Life Jacket Loaner Program that makes it easy to borrow a right-sized child’s life jacket for the day, afternoon, or weekend at no cost. Now, in addition to sponsoring over nearly 600 local, free life jacket loaner sites across the country, they’ve included over 900 other loaner program sites on the map to give parents and boaters more options.

“It’s the largest map of life jacket loaner sites in the nation,” said BoatUS Foundation Outreach Manager Alanna Keating. “Finding a loaner life jacket has never been easier, and we help prevent the biggest two mistakes, which is going without or putting a child in a life jacket that doesn’t fit.”

Each year, the Foundation loaner sites lend out life jackets over 140,000 times.

To find a right-sized kid’s life jacket near you, go to BoatUS.org/life-jacket-loaner/map/.

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About BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the over half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the non-profit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 34 free state courses – can be found at BoatUS.org/courses.