ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The BoatUS Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Program for kids, which helps parents, boaters and anglers get the right-sized life jacket at more than 500 locations across the country, is looking for sponsors for additional loaner sites. But you only have until March 11 to apply at BoatUS.com.
“Children’s growth spurts and last-minute changes to the roster of invited guests can conspire against you,” Program Manager Alanna Keating said in a release. “But our free program, which on average loans out over 90,000 kids life jackets each year for the day or weekend, makes it easy.”
BoatUS says since the program began in 1997, at least three children’s lives have been saved. There is no cost to host a loaner site and each location that is accepted into the program will receive a life jacket loaner “kit” – a protective container that holds various sized life jackets for kids up to 90 pounds, signage, promotional materials and sign-out sheets to track usage.
BoatUS asks loaner sites to post signage, keep the life jackets in a readily accessible but secure location, and periodically let BoatUS know how the program is going.