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Save a Life: Become a Life Jacket Loaner Site

BoatUS Foundation loaner program now easier to apply

You can help children get a right-sized life jacket for the day or weekend with help from the BoatUS Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Program.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md., April 17, 2017 – Across the United States, there are over 550 BoatUS Foundation Life Jacket Loaner sites that collectively loan out children’s life jackets more than 140,000 times each year. That makes it one of the largest and most successful boating safety programs in the country. Becoming a new loaner site is now easier with an application cycle that allows marinas, boat clubs, waterfront restaurants or government agencies to apply at any time, speeding the review process. There is no cost to set up a loaner site and it’s easy to do at

“We want to make it easier for marinas, waterfront organizations or other groups that serve boaters to join this life saving program and help us find the best loaner sites possible,” said BoatUS Foundation Outreach Manager Alanna Keating.

Approved locations will receive a kit containing 12 child life jackets with sizes from infant to youth as well as signage and a local publicity kit. Loaner host sites simply need to track usage with an easy sign-out system and provide the Foundation with periodic feedback. The best loaner sites will be accessible to the boating public, serve a large boating population and be located in areas without current loaner programs.

Boaters typically borrow a life jacket for an afternoon or weekend. “We know kids grow fast and sometimes boaters need a correctly-sized jacket for a younger guest,” added Keating. There is no charge for the use of life jackets and the BoatUS Foundation replenishes the supply of jackets as wear-and-tear takes its toll.

The program gives tens of thousands of parents and boaters peace of mind each year when they head out on the water, and since 1997, three children’s lives have been saved by a BoatUS Foundation loaner life jacket. To apply to become a site or find a site near you, go to


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About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit 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