Inflatable lifejacket self-service clinics

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

Inflatable lifejackets are becoming more and more popular, as they are easy to wear, comfortable, and increasingly affordable.

Inflatable lifejackets require extra care and attention to ensure they will inflate in an emergency. In NSW it is a legal requirement to service inflatable lifejackets every year or in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Most can be self-serviced, depending on the manufacturers’ guidelines.

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

Roads and Maritime has established a trial program of inflatable lifejacket self-service clinics at seven locations along the NSW coast in February. Boating Education Officers will conduct free half-hour sessions for the boating public, promoting overall awareness of inflatable lifejacket servicing requirements, and providing step-by-step instruction on the self-servicing process.

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

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
Ballina
Fishery Creek Boat Ramp, Johnson Drive, off River Street
9 February 2.00-2.30pm,
2.45-3.15pm,
3.30-4.00pm.
Register now
Yamba
Yamba Road Boat Ramp, Yamba Road
10 February 2.00-2.30pm,
2.45-3.15pm,
3.30-4.00pm.
Register now
Batemans Bay
Hanging Rock Boat Ramp, Hanging Rock Place
15 February 2.00-2.30pm,
2.45-3.15pm,
3.30-4.00pm.
Register now
Greenwell Point
Greenwell Point Boat Ramp, Adelaide Street
16 February 2.00-2.30pm,
2.45-3.15pm,
3.30-4.00pm.
Register now
Port Kembla
Port Kembla Boat Ramp, Foreshore Drive, Outer Harbour
17 February 2.00-2.30pm,
2.45-3.15pm,
3.30-4.00pm.
Register now
Bayview
Bayview Boat Ramp, Pittwater Road
23 February 8.00-8.30am,
8.45-9.15am,
9.30-10.00am.
Register now
Banksmeadow
Foreshore Road Boat Ramp, Foreshore Drive
24 February 2.00-2.30pm,
2.45-3.15pm,
3.30-4.00pm.
Register now
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