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Life Jacket Count Form

Life Jacket Count Form

Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Stations are part of a nationwide program funded by grants and donations. In order to provide accurate reports to the funding agencies, it is critical for each loaner station and its life jacket inventory to be counted at least once a month during the summer boating season from May through September. Ideally, a weekly count of life jackets would be conducted. Frequent regular counts of life jackets are important because they tell us how many people are using the life jackets in your area.

  1. Please use this form to count the life jackets on each life jacket loaner station and conduct an inventory.
  2. Start a new form each time you count life jackets at a different station or take inventory.
  3. You only need to fill in the sections of the form you are using at the time so you can skip the inventory section when completing a loaner station count or vice versa. You only need to fill out the inventory section once a month for all life jackets in your inventory.
  4. On the day of your counting assignment, please dress for the weather and bring a black permanent marker with you.

(*) Fields with a star are required.

Thank you for your help in making the Sea Tow Foundation's Life Jacket Loaner Program a nationwide success one local station at a time!

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WORN JACKETS

This count tells us how many people are using the jackets. Frequent regular counts show more people are using the life jackets in your area. Only count the life jackets that look like they have been used since you last visited the station. For example, if the life jackets are unbuckled, moved to a different part of the station, are piled at the bottom of the station, or show other signs of use, please count them as worn.

REMOVED JACKETS

This count tells us the number of life jackets that have become damaged and need to be removed from the station. This includes broken straps and buckles, rips or tears in the fabric, or other issues. Dirt and mildew should be cleaned off the jackets and then the jackets should be replaced on the station.

Click this link to see our blog post on how to properly clean life jackets.

DONATED JACKETS

People sometimes will donate their life jackets by placing them on the stand or nearby on the ground. Please count and inspect these life jackets to ensure that they are in usable condition, click this link to see our checklist. If the donated jackets are usable, please write LOANER LIFE JACKET on the back of the jacket with a black permanent marker to keep track of donated jackets.

INVENTORY OF JACKETS

Counting the life jackets you have in inventory helps the Sea Tow Foundation to understand how many jackets and sizes we have available in our Life Jacket Loaner Program.

COMMENTS

Please share any knowledge, observations, and thoughts you have about the station such as how it is used, its location, potential sponsors so that together, we can make the station better.