Life Jacket Loaner Program

Every parent wants to make sure his or her child is as safe as possible, and that goes double for parents who take their kids on the water. We make it easier for boating families to stay safe with its nationwide life jacket loaner program. Around the country, over 500 marinas, fuel docks, BoatUS Towing Operators, Army Corp recreation sites and other waterfront businesses lend out kids’ life jackets for the day or weekend to families who have a temporary need for one.

We began distributing kits to sites across the nation in 1997 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 by donations from the more than half a million members of BoatUS and the general public.





Two children on the stern of a boat wearing life jackets

A child enjoys the bow of the boat while wearing a life jacket.

Two girls enjoy a seat in front of the helm station safely by wearing life jackets.