Being safe on the water starts with always wearing a properly fitted lifejacket. Lifejackets are one of the most important piece of safety equipment on recreational vessels.
When out on the water, it is important to ensure you and everyone else on the vessel are wearing the correct lifejacket which is maintained, serviced and cared for.
A lifejacket can only help you if it's in working order and serviced properly. This is why it's important to remeber these three tips when it comes to lifejackets.
#1. Wear your lifejacket
Lifejackets are designed to keep you afloat. In order to work properly, they must be worn to manufacturers instructions. This includes size and weight rating on the jacket as well as the type of jacket to wear in specific waters.
#2. Maintain your lifejacket
Always refer to the lifejacket manufacturer’s instructions.
Store in a dry, well ventilated place away from dampness or water. It’s important to rinse your lifejacket with fresh water after use and dry thoroughly prior to storage. Remember, if your lifejacket is set for autoinflation, remove the auto-inflation cartridge prior to rinsing.
#3. Service your lifejacket
If you own an inflatable lifejacket in Victoria, you should self-inspect it once a year and have it fully serviced by an accredited service agent in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications (generally every three to five years).