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COMMUNITY BOATING CENTER OPENS LIFE JACKET LOANER STAND
PUBLIC ACCESS TO FREE LIFE JACKETS MAKES BOATING SAFER
Community Boating Center announced it will open a new Life Jacket Loaner Stand located at it's waterfront facility in India Point Park, Providence, RI.
This stand holds life jackets provided courtesy of the Sea Tow Foundation that boaters and swimmers may borrow to replace missing or damaged personal flotation devices (PFDs), or use for extra guests on board their boats.
The life jackets are free to be borrowed and are available in a variety of sizes ranging from infant to adult.
The Sea Tow Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting safe boating practices. One of the ways that the Sea Tow Foundation does this is through their Life Jacket Loaner Program. Since 2008, the Sea Tow Foundation has distributed over 35,000 life jackets to boaters across the country. The majority of these life jackets have been purchased through a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. As part of the current grant, the Sea Tow Foundation accepted applications from non-profit organizations and boating agencies around the country to host a life jacket loaner program in their local areas.
Community Boating Center (CBC) was accepted as one of the hosts. CBC's Executive Director, John O’Flaherty, said, “Drowning can be easily prevented by providing free life jackets like these for boaters to borrow. Even swimmers can borrow them to wear them in open water.”
The U.S. Coast Guard requires that a properly fitting life jacket be available for every passenger aboard a boat, and that anyone under age 13 wear one at all times while on board and outside of an enclosed cabin. The Coast Guard strongly recommends that everyone always wear a life jacket while a boat is underway. “This life jacket loaner stand will be popular with local boaters who forgot to pack their life jackets or realize that their kids have outgrown their old life jackets,” said Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director, Michael Wesolowski. “People of all ages can easily find a free life jacket that fits to wear for their day on the water, then return it for someone else to use the next day.”
About the Sea Tow Foundation
In 2007, Sea Tow Founder Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer created the Sea Tow Foundation – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – to promote safe boating practices. The Foundation’s goal is to reduce accidents, fatalities and property damage related to recreational boating. For more information, please visit boatingsafety.com.
About Community Boating Center
Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.
For additional information contact:
Community Boating Center
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)