Life Jacket Loaner Program

Drowning is the third leading cause of death for children under the age of 14. For this reason Children’s Trust with our partners are working to expand an innovative life jacket loaner program to South Carolina.

At select lake access sites, life jackets are made available for boaters to borrow at no charge while they are on the lake. The displays encourage families to have children in the appropriate sized life jackets and give instructions on the proper fit. This program was modeled after successful programs in other states.

Local sponsors and the generosity of Duke Energy make individual loaner boards possible.

Site Locations

Lake Bowen

  • 8515 Hwy 9, Inman, SC 29349

Lake Jocassee

  • Devil’s Fork State Park

Lake Keowee

  • South Cove Access Area (2 locations)
  • High Falls Access Area (2 locations)
  • Chau Ram County Park

Lake Wateree

  • Wateree Creek Access Area
  • Taylor Creek Access Area
  • June Creek Access Area
  • Colonels Creek Access Area

Lake Wylie

  • Buster Boyd Access Area
  • Ebenezer Access Area
  • South Point Access Area


  • Lake Wateree Baptist Church
  • Lake Wateree Presbyterian Church
  • Wateree Home Owners Association of Fairfield County
  • Brian and Nathan Keese Water Safety Foundation
  • Safe Kids Spartanburg
  • Safe Kids York
  • Safe Kids Upstate
  • Safe Kids South Carolina
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Duke Energy
  • Piedmont Medical Center
  • Greenville Hospital Systems
  • Sunshine Pediatrics
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • U.S. Coastguard Auxiliary
  • York County Sherriff’s Office
  • Oconee County Parks and Recreation
  • Friends of Lake Keowee Society
  • Spartanburg Water
  • Spartanburg Regional Health System

Brian and Nathan Keese Water Safety Organization

The Keese family brought the life jacket loaner program to South Carolina after the loss of their son and grandson, who drowned during a sudden storm on Stockton Lake in Missouri in 2010. Neither was wearing a life jacket. Determined to help others avoid a similar tragedy, the Keese family has become a powerful advocate for water safety. Visit their Facebook page to learn more: