Sea Tow Foundation, life jacket loaner stand

Life Jacket Loaner Program

Since 2008, the Sea Tow Foundation has distributed over 50,000 life jackets to local businesses and organizations across the country. The nearly 600 life jacket loaner stations currently in operation are placed in locations where boaters will have easy access to the life jackets, such as boat ramps, marinas and parks.  Boaters may borrow the life jackets at no cost and are asked to return them when they are finished so that they are available for others to use.


Your organization can apply to host and maintain a Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station stocked with life jackets in a variety of sizes available for boaters to borrow free of charge for a day out on the water.


The Life Jacket Loaner program has the following components: Life Jacket Drive, Life Jacket Loaner Station Grant, and the Life Jacket Loaner Partnership. Each includes information on how to setup, care for, maintain, and promote your Life Jacket Loaner Program efforts year after year.



Life Jacket Drive

The Life Jacket Drive is a way for you to collect new and gently used life jackets from boaters that no longer need them or have outgrown them in order to extend the life of existing Life Jacket Loaner Stations or start a new Loaner Station location.


Life Jacket Loaner Grants

Loaner Stations are available to clubs, organizations and businesses through limited grants of life jackets and/or loaner stands that can be placed in their local area as a Life Jacket Loaner Station and made available to boaters who would like to borrow the life jackets.


Life Jacket Loaner Partnerships

Your business or organization can partner with the Sea Tow Foundation to establish a Life Jacket Loaner program and your company logo will appear on the back of the jackets along with the Sea Tow Foundation’s logo for a fee.


Vest Friends Campaign

Wearing life jackets is important and the Sea Tow Foundation wants to celebrate and highlight the people who wear their life jackets. The Vest Friends Campaign asks people to share photos of themselves wearing life jackets with their friends on social media with #VestFriends.



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