When a teenager’s passion for the water turns into volunteerism, life jackets are collected and lives are saved.
Davis, a 16-year-old from Philadelphia, has a new understanding of the importance of wearing life jackets on the water. While becoming a sailing instructor with U.S. Sailing in Maine, he attended multiple safety courses and it was there he learned the importance of wearing personal floatation devices (PFDs). His love for the water and safety became Davis’ inspiration to give back to the community that has given him so much.
Davis and his family researched volunteer opportunities and learned about the Sea Tow Foundation and its Life Jacket Loaner Stations. They decided to host a life jacket drive that would be used to start and supply three local stations where individuals could use a life jacket for the day at no charge. Over the course of one week, the family had five separate drop off locations around town, collecting 25 life jackets.
“Watching Davis not only excel as a sailing instructor, but also give back to the community and promote boating safety, was inspiring to the entire team,” said Glenn Squires, executive director of MDI Community Sailing Center. “We hope that our safety instructions stick for a lifetime with our instructors and we know that this project with the Sea Tow Foundation will help Davis continue to spread the message for the rest of his life.”
The family is continuing its efforts throughout the fall in their hometown of Philadelphia and will host additional donation drives next spring to officially kick-off the 2018 boating season with additional new Life Jacket Loaner Stations.
“Life jackets can save lives and everyone should have one when they’re on or in the water, which is why we are so thankful for the dedication of Davis and his family,” said Michael Wesolowski, executive director of the Sea Tow Foundation. There are life jackets at the loaner stands that fit all ages and sizes and they can wear them for a day on the water, then return them for someone else to use the next day. There are even sizes to fit infants and children.”
To learn more about Life Jacket Loaner Stations or to start your own Life Jacket Drive, click here. < http://lifejacketdrive.org >