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Children on the Water
By Julie Shea
Posted on 5/31/2018 10:56 AM

Are your children or grandchildren joining you on the boat this summer?

Make sure they have a life jacket!

BoatUS Foundation sponsors a life jacket program to supply life jackets for children. With more than 550 locations nationwide, there is likely a location near you!

A simple way to save a kid’s life is to ensure they have a life jacket when they go boating, sailing or fishing. But sometimes, it’s not easy to borrow a right-sized life jacket when an infant or young teen comes aboard. Marinas, boat and fishing clubs, waterfront businesses, organizations and other groups that serve boaters are making a difference by becoming BoatUS Foundation Life Jacket Loaner sites.

Approved locations receive a kit containing 12 child-sized life jackets with sizes from infant to youth, as well as signage and a local publicity kit. The non-profit BoatUS Foundation, funded by donations from the more than half-million members of BoatUS, replenishes the supply of jackets as wear and tear takes its toll.


The program currently has more than 550 life jacket loaner sites across the US that collectively loan out children’s life jackets more than 140,000 times each year. Since 1997, three children’s lives have been saved by a BoatUS Foundation loaner life jacket.

To find a Life Jacket Loaner location:

Click here to visit BoatUS
Enter your location and the radius you wish to search

Need help selecting the right child-size life jacket?

Click here to view a short video
Information obtained by BoatUS press release, April 25, 2018

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