Work (907) 271-6370
Hi Mark, The Sea Tow Foundation has had a life jacket loaner program since 2008 and have loaner stations in all 50 states. Our application period has closed (it is open Nov 1-Feb 1), but you can submit a request in our online waiting list and be notified when life jackets are available or the application opens next fall. There is no cost to apply and no cost to receive life jackets. We work with American Samoa's Michelle Foster and have established a number of stands there.
Feel free to reach out with any questions,Gail KulpSea Tow Foundation
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary in many locations have supported Life Jacket Loaner stands. Some were Boy Scout Eagle Scout projects that were then turned over to Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas to maintain. The 2 Flotillas in NE South Carolina along the grand strand in Horry and Georgetown Counties maintain at least 5 PFD Loaner Stations.
Keeping them neatly maintained can be an issue, because sometimes the returned PFDs are just dropped on the ground, plus the Stands do need to be refurbished with life jackets as they wear out or are lost.
Jack H. Margolis
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 070-12-10 Georgetown
BoatUS Foundation has been partnering with organizations to offer the Life Jacket Loaner Program for over 25 years. On our website you can read about how our program works - https://www.boatus.org/life-jacket-loaner/. You can also download a comprehensive guide on how to start your own loaner program in your area. We include downloadable education and promotional materials for free. When you do set up your program, make sure you let us know so we can include you on our nationwide map of loaner programs. Anyone who hosts a loaner site can be included on the map and we have over 1000 sites listed. We're about to launch some cool new features to loaner sites on our map, so stay tuned! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.
Director of Outreach | BoatUS Foundation
800-245-2628 ext. 8354 | www.boatus.org
Good Morning Mark!
Your counterpart in Alaska, BLA Joe McCullough provides the administration for a very strong lifejacket loaner program and you can find more information here Office of Boating Safety Boating Safety (alaska.gov) or give Joe a call direct at (907) 269-8704.
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