Free Lifejacket self-service clinics and marine flare disposal

 

Roads and Maritime Services will hold free clinics at Rowland Reserve in Bayview to teach boaters how to service their own inflatable lifejackets.

The clinics will be held on Saturday 23 February and will coincide with an expired marine flare disposal point.

“Inflatable lifejackets save lives, are easy to wear, comfortable and increasingly affordable – but they require extra care and attention to ensure they’ll inflate in an emergency,” Rob Stokes said today.

“It’s a legal requirement in NSW to service inflatable life jackets every year or in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions. Most can be self-serviced if you know how.

“This NSW Government awareness program will provide boaters with the skills they need to service their lifejackets themselves.

“Boaters who come along can receive free lifejacket parts kits or $15 vouchers which can be used towards the purchase of a new lifejacket or parts at participating marine retailers.

“Anyone who’s interested in attending the clinics is encouraged to register ahead of time.

“The Expired Marine Flare Collection Program also gives boaters the opportunity to dispose of flares safely and easily.

“Marine flares are an extremely important emergency signalling device and have a shelf life of approximately three years – so it’s important for boaters to ensure they have up-to-date safety equipment on board at all times.

“Pittwater is a boater’s paradise and we want people to enjoy their time on the water and do so safely.

“Wearing a lifejacket will never ruin your day, but it could save your life,” Rob Stokes said.

The free lifejacket clinics will be held between 8am to 10am on Saturday 23 February . To register, please visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/safety-rules/lifejacket-clinics.html



 

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