Life jacket loaner stations are based on an honor system and are important in the local communities to support boating and water safety. Anyone who needs to use a life jacket can do so, but life jackets need to be returned for others to use. Many of these loaner stations are available in partnership with the facility owners/providers, grant funding from the Marine Board, and supplied with life jackets thanks to the help of groups like the Nautical Safety Foundation and other non-profit organizations.
Per OHA guidelines
, Outdoor recreation operators must inform people if life jackets are not cleaned between users. Operators also may consider setting life jackets aside for a period of two hours between users. Operators should encourage users to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after returning a life jacket from a loaner station.
If you are interested in helping the Nautical Safety Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, email firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange a pickup of your life jackets that are in good condition. You can also donate money to purchase new jackets via their website www.nsf-nw.org
. The Nautical Safety Foundation helps supply life jacket loaner stations with the much-needed life jackets.