New Lifejacket Loaner Station at Fuller Lake Park

(June 28, 2018 - North Cowichan, BC) The first long weekend of summer is here, and North Cowichan is introducing a new lifejacket loaner station at Fuller Lake Park in Chemainus. Loaner lifejackets are available to all park users, aiming to increase water safety and awareness at the beach this summer. Lifejackets are available starting Friday, June 29 until the Labour Day long weekend.

The loaner station has lifejackets in various sizes for visitors to borrow, free of charge, during their visit to Fuller Lake, says Jason Blood, North Cowichans Manager of Recreation. Users are required to return the lifejackets when done to ensure that all beach visitors have the chance to use them. 

The Canadian Red Cross reports that young children ages 1 to 4 (and men ages 15 to 44) are at the greatest risk of drowning, and one of the best preventative measures, along with active supervision, is wearing a lifejacket. Before swimming, check to make sure the lifejacket is well-fitted and on properly:

    1. Ensure its Canadian-approved
    2. Check the label for the correct size
    3. Connect all straps and zippers
    4. Ensure the lifejacket is comfortably snug

Fuller Lake Park also has lifeguards on duty Wednesdays to Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (as well as Monday, July 2 and Monday, August 6). The park is located near Fuller Lake Arena, just off the Trans-Canada Highway and features a roped-off swimming area, large grassy area, sandy beachfront, playground, change rooms, outdoor volleyball court, and more!

Lifejacket Loaner Station