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
Coffs Harbour Boat Ramp, Jordan Esplanade, Coffs HarbourFriday, 7 February 202012:00pm - 4:00pmClinic registration
Westport Boat Ramp, Park Street, Port MacquarieSaturday, 8 February 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Forster Boat Ramp, Dolphin Drive, ForsterSunday, 9 February 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Soldiers Point Marina Boat Ramp, Mitchell St, Soldiers PointFriday, 14 February 202012:00pm - 4:00pmClinic registration
Speers Point Boat Ramp, Creek Reserve Road, Lake MacquarieSaturday, 15 February 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Lions Park Boat Ramp, North Burge Road, Woy WoySunday, 16 February 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration

Greater Sydney region

LocationDateTimeEvent link
Tunks Park Boat Ramp, Brothers Avenue, CammerayFriday 21 February 202012:00pm - 4:00pmClinic registration
Lyne Park Boat Ramp, New South Head Road, Rose BaySaturday 22 February 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Taplin Park Boat Ramp, DrummoyneSunday 23 February 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Foreshore Road Boat Ramp, Foreshore Road, BanksmeadowFriday 28 February 202012:00pm - 4:00pmClinic registration
Swallow Rock Boat Ramp, Swallow Rock Road, Grays PointSaturday 29 February 20209:00am - 1:00pmClinic registration
Tench Reserve Boat Ramp, Tench Avenue, PenrithSunday 1 March 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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