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

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.

Clinic locations

Northern region

LocationDateTimeEvent link
Yamba Community Hall, Wooli Street, YambaSaturday, 9 November 20199:00am - 4:00pmClinic registration
Grafton Scout Group Hall, North St, GraftonSaturday, 16 November 20199:00am - 4:00pmClinic registration
Mattys Flat Boat Ramp, New Entrance Road, South West RocksFriday, 22 November 20191:00pm - 4:00pmClinic registration
Queen Elizabeth Park, River Street, off Victoria Street, TareeSaturday, 23 November 20199:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Little Beach Boat Ramp, Lighthouse Road, Little BeachSunday, 24 November 201912:00pm - 4:00pmClinic registration
Blacksmiths Boat Ramp, Ungala Road, BlacksmithsFriday, 29 November 201912:00pm - 4:00pmClinic registration
Gosford Boat Ramp, Dane Drive, GosfordSaturday, 30 November 201910:00am - 2:00pmClinic registration

Greater Sydney region

LocationDateTimeEvent link
Bayview Boat Ramp, Pittwater Road, BayviewSunday, 1 December 20199:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Ermington Boat Ramp, Wharf Road, ErmingtonSaturday, 7 December 20199:00am - 12:00pmClinic registration
Kyeemagh Boat Ramp, Mutch Rd, KyeemaghSunday, 8 December 20199:00am - 12:00pmClinic registration

South coast region

LocationDateTimeEvent link
Merimbula Boat Ramp, Arthur Kaine Drive, MerimbulaThursday, 2 January 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Apex Park Boat Ramp, Centenary Drive, NaroomaFriday, 3 January 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Next to Marine Rescue NSW Base, Off Wason Street, UlladullaWednesday, 8 January 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Greenwell Point Boat Ramp, Adelaide Street, Greenwell PointThursday, 9 January 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Port Kembla Boat Ramp, Foreshore Drive (outer harbour)Friday 10 January 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Callala Bay Boat Ramp, Watt Street, Callala BaySaturday, 11 January 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp, Off Lamont Street, BermaguiSunday, 12 January 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Quarantine Bay Boat Ramp, Quarantine Bay Road, EdenMonday, 13 January 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration

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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