Last Call for Life Jacket Loaner Sites

ANNAPOLIS, Md., -- This summer you can help children in your community stay safe on the water, but you need to act soon. The BoatUS Foundation's Life Jacket Loaner Program for kids, which helps parents, boaters and anglers get the right-sized life jacket for youngsters at over 500 locations across the country, is looking for sponsors for additional loaner sites. But you only have until Sunday, March 31st, to apply at

"Children's growth spurts and last minute changes to the roster of invited guests can conspire against you," said Outreach Manager Alanna Keating. "Our free program, which on average loans out life jackets over 140,000 times each year for the day or weekend, makes it easy." Since the program began nearly 20 years ago, at least three children's lives have been saved.

There is no cost to host a loaner site but applications will only be accepted until March 31st, 2013, and those that meet the program's guidelines will be posted to the Foundation's Facebook page and website for public voting. "The voting process allows us to best gauge those communities with the greatest need for a loaner site," added Keating. "We also want applicants to help spread the word about keeping kids safe with our life jackets." This year's new sites are made possible by a generous donation from the National Marine Bankers Association.

After public voting, each site that is accepted into the program will receive a life jacket loaner "kit" - a protective container that holds various sized life jackets for kids, signage, promotional materials and easy-to-use sign-out sheets to track usage. The program is simple for those hosting a loaner site as well as for boaters, anglers and sailors needing a kid's life jacket. "All we ask for in return is that the life jackets are made available at no cost to the boating public and kept a readily accessible but secure location, and hosts periodically let BoatUS know how the program is going.

To apply to become a Life Jacket Loaner Program site, or for more information on the program or the life jacket laws in your state, please visit


About the BoatUS Foundation:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it 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. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to