“Kids Don’t Float” Life Jacket Loaner Station

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to offer the “Kids Don’t Float” life jacket loaner station. The purpose of this program is to promote safe boating and help ensure all boats are properly equipped with personal flotation devices, as the law requires.

kids dont float 1We encourage all boaters to complete a pre-inspection before launch to ensure all safety items are on board. Wisconsin Law requires all vessels (including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards) must have at least one USCG- approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person on board. In addition to the requirement for life jackets, one USCG – approved Type IV PFD, must be on board vessels 16 feet or longer and be readily accessible. Life jackets must also be in good/serviceable condition and of the proper size for the intended wearer.

If you find, after pre-inspection you are missing a required life jacket you will now be able to borrow one at no cost, and return it after use. This station is equipped with adult, children, infants, and Type IV personal floatation devices. This program is honor-based, and Deputies will inspect the station weekly.

This initiative will start Memorial Day weekend and continue through Labor Day weekend each year. In the past, there were two stations. One located at the Newville Public Boat Landing off of N. Ellendale Dr, and at Royce-Dallman Landing off of N Charley Bluff Rd. Those two stations will continue to be used. In 2021, two more stations will be added to this project. Additional stations will be located at Murwin Park off of W. Caledonia Rd and at the rest area located near Turtle Creek Bridge on Hwy 140. These two new locations were added to help promote safety by those utilizing the Yahara River and Turtle Creek here in Rock County.