Life Jacket Loaner Program


Life jackets save lives. Wearing life jackets while playing, swimming, paddling, or boating in lakes, rivers, and the ocean can keep you and your loved ones safe. Every parent wants to make sure his/her family is as safe as possible, especially on the water.

The Washington State Parks Boating Program makes it easier for boating families to access life jackets and stay safe with a Life Jacket Loaner Program. We provide life jackets to boaters at public boating locations throughout the state.

If you discover your family doesn't have enough properly fitting life jackets on board, you can simply visit a loaner site and check out an infant, child, youth or adult life jacket for the day or the weekend - at no charge. When you're finished, you return the jackets to the same location. Life jacket loaner stations are located at marinas, near boat ramps and at various state parks.

This program and the life jackets purchased for loaner stations is made possible through a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard's Recreational Boating Safety funds.

Paradise Point SP lifejacket loaner station
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Life jackets save lives. Need an extra life jacket? Borrow one for free! There are approximately 193 life jacket loaner stations statewide that are operated by various volunteer organizations, local marine law enforcement and recreational boating groups.

Washington state law requires there be at least one properly fitting, U.S. Coast Guard approved, life jacket for each person on board a boat, including canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and persons being towed. Local county sheriff's departments and some police departments also have life jackets to loan. If you forgot your life jacket and you're not near a loaner site, contact them for a loaner.

Use the interactive map below to find a life jacket loaner station near you, or view or download a detailed list of all the life jacket loaner sites.