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.
Our Boating Education Officers conduct regular free half-hour inflatable lifejacket self-service clinics along 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 are 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.
Clinics were recently conducted in Drummoyne, Grays Point, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Albury, Mulwala and Echuca. Stay tuned for an announcement regarding future clinics.
|Yamba Community Hall, Wooli Street, Yamba||Saturday, 9 November 2019||9:00am - 4:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Grafton Scout Group Hall, North St, Grafton||Saturday, 16 November 2019||9:00am - 4:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Mattys Flat Boat Ramp, New Entrance Road, South West Rocks||Friday, 22 November 2019||1:00pm - 4:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Queen Elizabeth Park, River Street, off Victoria Street, Taree||Saturday, 23 November 2019||9:00am - 1:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Little Beach Boat Ramp, Lighthouse Road, Little Beach||Sunday, 24 November 2019||12:00pm - 4:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Blacksmiths Boat Ramp, Ungala Road, Blacksmiths||Friday, 29 November 2019||12:00pm - 4:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Gosford Boat Ramp, Dane Drive, Gosford||Saturday, 30 November 2019||10:00am - 2:00pm||Clinic registration|
Greater Sydney region
|Bayview Boat Ramp, Pittwater Road, Bayview||Sunday, 1 December 2019||9:00am - 1:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Ermington Boat Ramp, Wharf Road, Ermington||Saturday, 7 December 2019||9:00am - 12:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Kyeemagh Boat Ramp, Mutch Rd, Kyeemagh||Sunday, 8 December 2019||9:00am - 12:00pm||Clinic registration|
South coast region
|Merimbula Boat Ramp, Arthur Kaine Drive, Merimbula||Thursday, 2 January 2020||9:00am - 1:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Apex Park Boat Ramp, Centenary Drive, Narooma||Friday, 3 January 2020||9:00am - 1:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Next to Marine Rescue NSW Base, Off Wason Street, Ulladulla||Wednesday, 8 January 2020||9:00am - 1:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Greenwell Point Boat Ramp, Adelaide Street, Greenwell Point||Thursday, 9 January 2020||9:00am - 1:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Port Kembla Boat Ramp, Foreshore Drive (outer harbour)||Friday 10 January 2020||9:00am - 1:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Callala Bay Boat Ramp, Watt Street, Callala Bay||Saturday, 11 January 2020||9:00am - 1:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp, Off Lamont Street, Bermagui||Sunday, 12 January 2020||9:00am - 1:00pm||Clinic registration|
|Quarantine Bay Boat Ramp, Quarantine Bay Road, Eden||Monday, 13 January 2020||9:00am - 1:00pm||Clinic registration|
- Throughout NSW - BCF
- Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle - Road Tech Marine | C-Kayak Australia | Ottos Tackle World
- Coffs Harbour - Coffs Harbour Marine
- Forster - Graham Barclay Marine
- Maclean - Maclean Outdoors
- Mona Vale - The Life Aquatic
- Port Macquarie - Hastings Marine
- Sussex Inlet - Sussex Marine
- Taree - Manning River Marine
- Urunga - North Coast Boating Centre
- Yamba - Yamba Bait and Tackle
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.