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.
NSW Roads and Maritime will provide an update on future clinics soon.
- Throughout NSW - BCF
- 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
- 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.