Sometimes, being able to borrow an extra life jacket, especially in a child’s size, from a Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stand can make the difference between a family being able to go boating and having to stay ashore.
"This life jacket saved us in a pinch while we were out of town in Connecticut. Thank you Sea Tow Foundation!" - Andy and Steff Spiers
The Sea Tow Foundation announced it has selected 31 nonprofit organizations and boating agencies to receive new life jacket loaner stands this spring, along with life jackets to fill them, as part of its Life Jacket Loaner program. The life jackets have been purchased with a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
In addition, Sea Tow Captains will be setting up about 20 new Life Jacket Loaner Stands in various Sea Tow locations.
The new locations will join the more than 290 life jacket loaner stands already established around the country by the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation. These stands, located in popular boating areas such as boating ramps, marinas, and parks, let boaters who need a life jacket borrow one or more free of charge for the day to help to keep themselves and their passengers safer on the water.
“Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands have loaned over 35,000 life jackets to recreational boaters at no cost since 2008,” said Michael Wesolowski, executive director of Sea Tow Foundation. “Each of our Life Jacket Loaner Stands is stocked with life jackets ranging in size from infant to adult extra-large so everyone can be safe on the water at no additional cost.” A map showing all of the loaner stand locations, including the locations for these 31 new stands, is also available at www.boatingsafety.com.
You can get help this potentially life-saving effort in one of many ways, including hosting a Life Jacket Drive in your community to help stock Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands. For more information, please visit http://www.lifejacketdrive.org/ or http://www.boatingsafety.com/support-us/. Thank you, and stay safe on the water this summer!