The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water began distributing kits to sites across the nation in 1998 and it’s been growing ever since. There are now over 500 loaner sites nationwide, which loan our jackets more than 140,000 times a year!
One of the program’s goals is to educate boaters on the significance of wearing the appropriate size and type of life jacket while boating. Another is to make sure a day of boating isn’t spoiled just because a family forgot a life jacket at home. And finally, the most important goal: simply to keep kids safe out on the water! The program is funded in part by donations from the more than half a million members of BoatUS.
Support the Life Jacket Loaner Program
Help Make Boating Safer for Children
Each year the need for life jackets outgrows the number that the BoatUS Foundation has available to loan.
For as little as $10, your tax-deductible contribution will fund the purchase of a child’s life jacket – or for $250, your gift will buy enough supplies to establish a new life jacket loaner location. We need your help to make boating safer for children.
Your contribution of any amount will make a difference to some small child. Consider making a fully tax-deductible donation today to keep our program afloat.
How the Program Works:
BoatUS Foundation accepts about 40 new sites into the Life Jacket Loaner Program during each application cycle. The group or waterfront location accepted into the program will receive 12 life jackets, as well as signs, brochures and a sign-out binder. The life jackets should be displayed in prominent location—like near a boating ramp, in a marina office, or near a fuel dock. A boating family can then check out the life jacket for a day, free of charge. At the end of the boating trip, they can return it to the same location.
If you are interested in being a life jacket loaner site or would like additional information on the program please contact the program administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.boatus.com/Foundation/LJLP/