BoatU.S. seeking PFD loaner locations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – 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 from now through Feb. 21, BoatU.S. said in a release today.

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 lives.”

To download an application to become a Life Jacket Loaner Program site or for more information on the laws in your state, visit

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