Sea Tow Foundation announces 2024 Life Jacket Loaner Program awardees

Published On: May 16, 2024Categories: Industry News, News

The Sea Tow Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to boating safety, announced its 2024 Life Jacket Loaner Program awardees. With the inclusion of these new groups, the Sea Tow Foundation will officially have Life Jacket Loaner Stations established in all 50 states, reinforcing its dedication to preventing drowning incidents across the nation.

Administered through the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, the 2024 grant program has allowed the Sea Tow Foundation to award 116 deserving groups across 45 states and territories. Among them, 49 groups located in 39 different states are opening Life Jacket Loaner Stations for the first time, reflecting the growing impact and outreach of the program. Some of the groups opening Life Jacket Loaner Stations applied for the grant because a water-related accident or tragedy occurred in their communities, and they wanted to make a difference. This expansion ensures that more communities than ever before have access to essential life jackets in sizes for anyone to borrow and return for free.

The life jackets and stand-building kits are being awarded to a diverse array of organizations, including community groups, marine businesses, health care organizations, law enforcement agencies, municipalities, parks and more, including over a dozen Sea Tow franchises that are replenishing their Life Jacket Loaner Stations with new life jackets.

Despite this significant achievement, the Sea Tow Foundation was not able to provide nearly enough life jackets to everyone that applied, so the demand for life jackets remains high. To further support the mission, industry companies or individuals with a surplus of new or gently-used life jackets are encouraged to donate them to the Sea Tow Foundation so that boaters can use them at the over 1,300 nationwide Life Jacket Loaner Stations. For more information about the Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Program, click here.