Trinidad Lake State Park opens new life jacket loaner stand with help from Sea Tow Foundation
TRINIDAD, Colo. - Thanks to the Sea Tow Foundation, a non profit organization, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has opened a new life jacket loaner stand at Trinidad Lake State Park just in time for boating season.
The stand at Trinidad Lake State Park joins more than 200 life jacket loaner stands already established around the country by the Sea Tow Foundation. Located in popular boating areas, these stands let boaters who need an extra life jacket or properly fitting Personal Floatation Device (PFD) borrow one or more free of charge, helping to keep themselves and their passengers safer on the water.
The Sea Tow Foundation's Life Jacket Loaner Program is funded through donations, as well as by a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund, which is administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Trinidad Lake State Park was selected out of hundreds of other non-profit organizations and boating agencies from around the country as a host of the life jacket loaner program.
"We are happy that Trinidad Lake State Park has joined the growing list of Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stands, which have loaned out nearly 22,000 life jackets to recreational boaters at no cost since 2008," said Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director Gail R. Kulp, CAE. "Each of our life jacket loaner stands is stocked with life jackets ranging in size from infant to adult so everyone can be safe on the water."
"This loaner stand will be particularly useful for people with children who can quickly outgrow last season's life jackets, or boaters with family and friends visiting who need a few extra life jackets for a few days," said Dara Garretson, Park Ranger at Trinidad Lake State Park.
Life jackets range in size from Infant to Adult 3X and can be borrowed at the Trinidad Lake boat ramp during open ANS inspection hours, or at the Visitor Center during open hours. Borrowers need to bring a valid ID with them and return the life jackets in good condition. The equipment may be borrowed for up to a week at a time. Boaters do not have to be visiting Trinidad Lake to borrow a life jacket.
"Boaters heading to Monument Lake, North Lake or other destinations are welcome to borrow what they need to be safe," Garretson said.
More information about the Life Jacket Loaner Program will be posted on the Sea Tow Foundation's website: www.boatingsafety.com and on the Sea Tow Foundation's Facebook page throughout the spring and summer.
About the Sea Tow Foundation:
In 2007, Sea Tow Founder and CEO 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.
For more information about Trinidad Lake State Park, visit http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/trinidadlake
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