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Life Jacket Loaner Program at Shilshole Bay Marina

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January 1, 2015

Shilshole Bay Marina is proud to be a part of the Boat US Foundation - Life Jacket Loaner for Kids program.

How the program works:

A boating family or marina visitor can check out a life jacket for a day, free of charge at the marina office. A photo copy of a valid driver’s license will be taken and the contact information recorded. At the end of the boating trip, they can return it to the marina office.


History: The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water began distributing kits to sites across the nation in 1997 and has been growing ever since. There are now more than 500 loaner sites nationwide, which loan our jackets more than 90,000 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 in part by donations from the 650,000 members of BoatUS. Visit BoatUS for more information.

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