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Safety notice – Lifejackets

Safety notice – Lifejackets

by October 19, 2014

Know when to wear it

Lifejackets have come a long way over the years. From the uncomfortable and bulky designs of the past, today’s lifejackets come in a range of styles and are much more comfortable to wear.

When ever you go boating, there must be a lifejacket for everyone on board, ready for use. As the skipper it’s your responsibility to make sure your passengers know how to put it on and when they will need to wear it.

It’s law to wear a lifejacket when crossing a bar but that’s not the only time you need to put one on. On boats less than 4.8m you must also wear a lifejacket when you’re boating alone, boating at night, and at all times on open waters or alpine waters, and if using your vessel as a tender more than 400m from shore. As the skipper you need to put a life jacket on and make sure all your passengers wear one too.

And when it comes to young children you just can’t take a risk. Children under 12 years of age must wear a lifejacket at all times when on a boat under 4.8m in length, and when in an open area of a vessel of 4.8m to 8m that is underway.

Just wear it.