Sea Tow Foundation Opens 31 New Life Jacket Loaner Stands Hosted by Nonprofit Organizations & Boating Agencies in 19 States

Sea Tow Foundation Opens 31 New Life Jacket Loaner Stands  Hosted by Nonprofit Organizations & Boating Agencies in 19 States

Southold, New York – April 14, 2016 – Sea Tow Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting boater safety and education, has selected 31 nonprofit organizations and boating agencies to host new Life Jacket Loaner Stands this spring as part of its Life Jacket Loaner program. The new stands and life jackets have been purchased with a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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“This life jacket saved us in a pinch while we were out of town in Connecticut. Thank you, Sea Tow Foundation!” −Andy and Steff Spiers

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These new stands, located in 19 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will join the more than 290 Life Jacket Loaner Stands already established around the country by the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation. The loaner stands, located in popular boating areas such as boating ramps, marinas, and parks, let boaters who need a life jacket borrow one or more free of charge for the day to help keep themselves and their passengers safer on the water..

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“Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands have loaned more than 35,000 life jackets to recreational boaters at no cost since 2008,” said Michael Wesolowski, executive director of Sea Tow Foundation. “Each of our Life Jacket Loaner Stands is stocked with life jackets ranging in size from infant to adult extra-large so everyone can be safe on the water at no additional cost.”

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The non-profit organizations and boating agencies will receive the loaner stands and life jackets within the next month so they will be able to place the stands before the start of the 2016 summer boating season. More information and photos will be shared on Sea Tow Foundation’s website at www.boatingsafety.com and on the Sea Tow Foundation Facebook page throughout the spring and summer.

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A map showing all of the Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands, including the locations of these 31 new stands, is also available at www.boatingsafety.com.

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The 31 non-profit organizations and boating agencies hosting a new Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stand include:

  1. Buffalo National River, Harrison, Arkansas
  2. Treasure Island Sailing Center, San Francisco, California
  3. LifeSail, Marina Del Rey, California
  4. City of Oceanside Harbor Division, Oceanside, California
  5. Port St. Joe Yacht Club, Port St Joe, Florida
  6. City of Venice, Venice, Florida
  7. Sanibel Captiva Sail & Power Squadron, Sanibel, Florida
  8. Peace River Sail and Power Squadron, Port Charlotte, Florida
  9. USCG Auxiliary 15-8 Hernando Beach, Spring Hill, Florida
  10. Hawaii Youth Maritime Program, Kilauea, Hawaii
  11. Quinsippi Yacht Club, Quincy, Illinois
  12. Chelsea Yacht Club, Chelsea, Massachusetts
  13. Duxbury Bay Maritime School, Duxbury, Massachusetts
  14. Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks, Columbia, Maryland
  15. Sebewaing Harbor Marina, Sebewaing, Michigan
  16. Friends of Pool 2, Newport, Minnesota
  17. Public Health Fund/Lincoln County Health Department-Community Safety Task Force, Troy, Missouri
  18. Sea Scout Ship 1590, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  19. Gloucester County Sheriff Marine Unit, Woodbury, New Jersey
  20. Sewanhaka Sail & Power Squadron, Freeport, New York
  21. Community Boating Center, Providence, Rhode Island
  22. Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation, Jamestown, Rhode Island
  23. Catawba Sail and Power Squadron, Rock Hill, South Carolina
  24. Lake Murray Power Squadron, Lexington, South Carolina
  25. Johnson City Sail and Power Squadron, Johnson City, Tennessee
  26. San Gabriel, Youth Activities, Florence, Texas
  27. Sea Scout Base Galveston, Galveston, Texas
  28. US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 054-08-03, Draper, Virginia
  29. St. Thomas Sail & Power Squadron, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
  30. Milwaukee Sail & Power Squadron, New Berlin, Wisconsin
  31. Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management /Environmental Police, Providence, Rhode Island.

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Businesses and individuals can help to support Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Stand program in many ways, including hosting a life jacket drive in their community to help stock Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands. For more information, please visit http://www.lifejacketdrive.org/ or http://www.boatingsafety.com/support-us/.

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About 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 www.boatingsafety.com

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About Sea Tow

Sea Tow Services International Inc. is the nation’s leading on-water assistance provider for boaters. Established in 1983 by Founder Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow serves members inland to the coast throughout the United States, Europe, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. For a full list of membership benefits, how to become a Sea Tow member or to inquire about becoming a Sea Tow franchise owner, please visit seatow.com. Sea Tow also offers free boating safety information including the Sea Tow App for smartphones, Sea Tow’s Automated Radio Check Service, and the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Station program. Serving Boaters Since 1983.

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For more information, visit seatow.com and boatingsafety.com.

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Media contacts:
Louisa Beckett
Turnkey Communications & PR, Inc.
772-232-6457; 954-599-9355
[email protected]

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Michael Wesolowski
Sea Tow Foundation
888-276-7691
[email protected]

Written by  Michael Wesolowski

Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director

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