A free lifejacket clinic will be held at Greenwell Point on Saturday February 16 from 2-4pm.
The clinic is part of a new phase of the successful NSW Government wear a lifejacket program.
NSW Maritime Executive Director Angus Mitchell said the clinic will see Roads and Maritime staff teaching boaters how to carry out a simple pre-wear check before use and how to service inflatable lifejackets.
“We know that lifejackets save lives but they can only do so when they are maintained correctly and in good working order,” Mr Mitchell said.
“Inflatable lifejackets are easy to wear, comfortable and affordable, but they require extra care and attention to ensure they will inflate in an emergency.
“It’s a legal requirement in NSW to service inflatable lifejackets every year or in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.
“Some manufacturers allow self-service of inflatable lifejackets, and at these clinics, Roads and Maritime Services will provide you with advice on how to do this.
“For lifejackets that can’t be self-serviced, Roads and Maritime Services will provide you with advice on how to find an accredited, lifejacket service agent.
“Everyone however needs to know how to conduct a simple pre-wear check every time they use an inflatable lifejacket. It only takes a minute to check the basics like cartridges good to go and screwed in hand tight and emergency pull cord is out and ready to go.
“Boaters who come along to the South Coast clinics will be eligible to 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.
“The clinic will be held alongside Roads and Maritime’s expired marine flare mobile collection service, so it’s an opportunity for boaters to hand in expired flares and make sure all of their safety equipment is in tip-top shape.”
Mr Mitchell said all boaters are encouraged to wear lifejackets at all times on the water.
“NSW has some of the best waterways in the country and we want people to enjoy their time on the water, but we want to make sure people do so safely.
“Remember; wear a lifejacket … don’t risk your life.
“We are encouraging anyone who is interested in the event to register ahead of time.”
To register to attend a free clinic, please visit the RMS website.