At Sea Tow Savannah and Sea Tow St. Catharines, which Capt. Jim also owns, Deb works as a dispatcher, bookkeeper, and handles membership sales. She also staffs the Sea Tow booth at local boat shows and community events. “It’s pretty much all-consuming,” she says.
Nevertheless, Deb still finds the time to help the Safe Kids Savannah – Kids Don’t Float Program by supplying the Sea Tow Foundation life jackets in children’s sizes for a half-dozen loaner stands around the area. The Safe Kids Savannah life jacket loaner stands, which are sponsored by the YMCA and the U.S. Coast Guard, allow boaters to borrow a free PFD for the day if they need one to help keep a child safe on board. Each time Deb signs up a new Sea Tow member in her territory, she asks if they would like to donate a dollar toward the purchase of more Sea Tow Foundation life jackets for the Safe Kids Savannah program.
Deb cares about adult boaters’ safety, too. Recently, she and Capt. Jim attended a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony that officially opened six new Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands in the Savannah area stocked with PFDs in adult sizes. The Sea Tow Savannah team will help to manage these new loaner stands, which were made possible through a generous donation by Anheuser-Busch and its local distributer, Southern Eagle Distributing.
While Deb Givens has many different talents and passions, for her, boating safety ranks number one.