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Heading out for a day of boating in Lake Zoar? Stop by the Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Station hosted by the LZA at the Lakeside Marina and borrow a life jacket for all of your passengers!

Partnership to Provide Free Life Jackets to Local Boaters Lake Zoar Authority to Launch Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station in Southbury 

SOUTHBURY, CT [Lake Zoar Authority] – through a partnership with boating safety nonprofit, the Sea Tow Foundation – has announced the opening of a new Life Jacket Loaner Station, which will be available to Lake Zoar boaters this August.

The station – which will be located at the Lakeside Marina– will hold life jackets that local boaters may borrow and use, free of charge. Available in sizes ranging from infant to Adult XL, these life jackets help to ensure each of a boat’s passengers have access to necessary safety equipment. 

“We’re excited to partner with the Sea Tow Foundation to make this Life Jacket Loaner Station available to boaters in our area,” said Barbara McWilliams, LZA Commissioner. “This will help ensure boaters of all ages have enough proper-fitting life jackets, which will go a long way toward keeping people safe while they’re out enjoying beautiful Lake Zoar.” 

Since 2008, the Sea Tow Foundation has distributed nearly 50,000 life jackets to local businesses and organizations across the country. These stations are placed in locations where boaters will have easy access to the life jackets, such as boat ramps, marinas and parks. Boaters may borrow the life jackets at no cost and are asked to return them when they are finished so that they are available for others to use. 

“The opening of this new Life Jacket Loaner Station in Southbury is a major achievement, and we are proud to partner with the LZA to ensure the public’s access to these life jackets,” said Gail R. Kulp, the Sea Town Foundation’s executive director. “With such a strong boating culture, we know that these life jackets will save lives this boating season and for years to come.” 

For additional information on the Sea Tow Foundation and to locate a Life Jacket Loaner Station near you, visit

You can also donate a life jacket to the loaner station!

If your extra life jacket meets the below requirements, please drop it in our donation box at Lakeside Marina in Southbury, or email [email protected] to request a pick up!