Collier County has 15 “Kids Don’t Float, Life Jackets Do!” Life Jackets Loaner Stations in Collier County – Here is link to an interactive Google Map.
We have begun rebuilding the Life Jacket Loaner Stations due to damage faced by Hurricane Ian. As of March 2023, 6 new stands have been delivered. Please see the status below:
Boy Scouts Troop 243
City of Naples
Collier County Parks and Recreation
Collier County Public Schools
Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Florida Department of Health-Collier County
Marco Island Fire Rescue
Naples Children and Education Foundation
NCH Healthcare System
Rotary Club of Naples
Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas
In June 2013 a two year old was found floating face down in the water at Sugden Regional Park. A mere five minutes had elapsed without adult supervision. Had this child been wearing a life jacket, it would not have been a life altering event.
Our Coalition reacted to this child’s death by organizing a life jacket loaner program entitled “Kids Don’t Float— Give Them Something That Does” modeled after an initiative adopted in Alaska in 1997.
The goal of the program is to save children’s’ lives by making loaner life jackets available at popular beach/lake sites for children and adults to borrow and return. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 93, 95 and 96 check monthly the condition of the lifejackets. If any lifejackets are missing or in disrepair, they will be replaced.