Everett Police - Marine
Life Jacket Loaner Program
Welcomes New Marinas, Boat Clubs
February 21, 2005
Now through February 21, 2005, the BoatU.S.
Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water is looking for new locations
to become lending sites for its free Life Jacket Loaner Program. The
program loans out children's life jackets - from readily accessible sites such
as marinas, boat clubs and other waterfront businesses - to boaters who have a
temporary need for a kid's life jacket for the day or weekend. There is
no cost to become a loaner site.
Presently, over 328 clubs and
businesses participate as Life Jacket Loaner Program sites, which have loaned
out life jackets over 50,000 times since the program began in 1997. The loaner
life jackets come in kits of 12 jackets in a protective container, signage and
easy-to-use sign-out sheets to track usage. Three sizes are included for
kids up to 90 pounds.
Ruth Wood, President of the BoatU.S. Foundation
said, "Each year, we are excited to see this program grow - it means we are
successfully educating boaters about the importance of life jackets and saving
To download an application to become a Life Jacket Loaner
Program site or for more information on the laws in your state, please visit
Applications that have been approved will be announced in spring
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water is a
national 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research organization primarily
funded by the voluntary contributions of 575,000 members of BoatU.S., the
nation's largest recreational boat owners association. The Foundation has more
than a dozen programs including the only accredited, free, online general
boating safety course, a low-cost EPIRB rental program, the "Help Stop the
Drops" clean fueling campaign, and grants for nonprofit groups for boating
safety and environmental projects.
Peter J. Urgola
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