*Guest post by Lisa Banning, Communications Advisor in Ontario

If you visit Centennial Beach in Barrie, Ontario, this summer, you are bound to see the latest fashion trend...no not itsy bitsy teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikinis, but rather people sporting personal floatation devices (PFDs).  This is thanks to a new PFD loan program through the City of Barrie and the Canadian Red Cross.  However, unlike most fashion trends, this one will never go out of style as wearing a properly fitted PFD or lifejacket could save your life.

The loan program made it debut on June 28 these youngsters pictured above were among the first to borrow the hot ticket items. For a nominal refundable deposit, visitors to Centennial Beach can borrow a PFD for the day making it easy for everyone in the family to stay safe this summer.

Visit www.redcross.ca/swim for water safety tips and more information on PFDs and lifejackets.