Inflatable lifejacket self-service clinics

Have you serviced your inflatable lifejacket? Bring yours to a free clinic and learn how.

Inflatable lifejackets are easy to wear and comfortable but they require extra care and attention to ensure they will inflate in an emergency.

Did you know?

  • In NSW it is a legal requirement to service inflatable lifejackets every year or in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Most inflatable lifejackets can be self-serviced, depending on the manufacturer’s guidelines
  • Penalties may apply if your lifejacket is found to not have been serviced as required.

Self-service clinics

Throughout March and April, our Boating Education Officers will conduct free half-hour inflatable lifejacket self-service clinics along the NSW coastal areas, lakes and rivers. The clinics aim to promote overall awareness of inflatable lifejacket servicing requirements, and provide step-by-step instruction on the self-servicing process.

Registered participants will be eligible to receive free replacement parts for their inflatable lifejacket, or a $15 voucher that can be used towards the purchase of an inflatable lifejacket or self-service parts at a participating store.

Clinic locations

Secure your place and come to one of the free half-hour clinics at these locations and learn how to service your lifejacket.

Location Date Session times Register
Drummoyne
Taplin Park Boat Ramp
Bayswater Street, Drummoyne
Friday 12 April 12:00 – 12:30pm,
1:00pm – 1:30pm,
2:00 – 2:30pm.
Register now
Grays Point
Swallow Rock Boat Ramp,
Swallow Rock Dr, Grays Point
Saturday 13 April 12:00 – 12:30pm,
1:00pm – 1:30pm,
2:00 – 2:30pm
Register now
Lake Macquarie
Blacksmiths Boat Ramp
Ungala Road, Blacksmiths
Easter Friday
19 April
12:00 – 12:30pm,
1:00pm – 1:30pm,
2:00 – 2:30pm.
Register now
Newcastle
Carrington Boat Ramp
Tully Street, Carrington
Easter Saturday
20 April
12:00 – 12:30pm,
1:00pm – 1:30pm,
2:00 – 2:30pm.
Register now
Albury
Hovell Tree Park
Hume Street, Albury
Friday 26 April 12:00 – 12:30pm,
1:00pm – 1:30pm,
2:00 – 2:30pm.
Register now
Mulwala
Mulwala Water Ski Club Boat Ramp
Melbourne Street, Mulwala
Saturday 27 April 12:00 – 12:30pm,
1:00pm – 1:30pm,
2:00 – 2:30pm
Register now
Echuca
Echuca Moama Visitor Information Centre
2 Heygarth St (behind the Centre), Echuca
Sunday 28 April 12:00 – 12:30pm,
1:00pm – 1:30pm,
2:00 – 2:30pm
Register now

Participating stores

Would your store like to join the growing list of participating retailers? Contact us to find out how.

About the program

The lifejacket self-service clinics follow the successful Old4New mobile lifejacket program – a five year program that focused on lifejacket wear, and sold more than 25,700 lifejackets to the boating community, including 17,550 automatic inflatable lifejackets at locations across NSW.

Roads and Maritime Services’ compliance data suggests some recreational boaters are not aware of the legislative requirements for maintain self-inflating lifejackets, or that some forget to carry out the simple routine checks and maintenance schedules specified by the lifejacket manufacturers.

The program is part of the NSW Government’s ‘Wear a Lifejacket’ campaign, and is aligned with the Maritime Safety Plan.

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