Inflatable lifejacket self-service clinics

Servicing your inflatable lifejacket is a legal requirement in NSW. Transport for NSW offers step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself.

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About our clinics

Inflatable lifejackets require extra care and attention to ensure they will inflate in an emergency.

Most inflatable lifejackets can be self-serviced, depending on the manufacturer's guidelines.

Our boating educators run free clinics to promote awareness of inflatable lifejacket servicing requirements, including step-by-step instructions on how to self-service your lifejacket as well as general safety advice and information.

The clinics are run as part of the NSW Government's 'Wear a Lifejacket' campaign, and in line with the Maritime Safety Plan.

Importance of servicing your lifejacket

Lifejackets are vital for your safety when you're out boating.

In NSW you must service your inflatable lifejacket every year - or in line with the manufacturer's advice.

Most manufacturers specify routine checks and maintenance schedules for keeping your lifejacket in good condition.

Penalties may apply if you fail to service your lifejacket as required.

Online servicing demonstration

Boating Education Officers offer online demonstrations through various platforms including livestreams, podcasts and social media on the self-servicing process for inflatable lifejackets. Our officers also interact with viewers answering any questions on general lifejacket wear and servicing requirements.

Watch one of our previously held clinic livestreams below.

Inflatable lifejacket self-service clinic livestreams (recorded 21 October 2020)

Access the transcript for this demonstration.

Read transcript

Details of upcoming online clinics will be published on this page as well as through NSW Maritime social media.

In person clinics

Boating Education Officers run free inflatable lifejacket self-service clinics at locations including boat ramps, other facilities and at various events such as boat shows around New South Wales.

The clinics include demonstrations on how to service an inflatable lifejacket including what to look for to ensure it remains effective and hands on guidance and steps to check and service your own lifejackets. Clinics will take place at local boating facilities including boat ramps and clubs. The opportunity to ask questions and obtain additional Maritime resources such as the Boating Handbook, safety brochures and labels is also available at these clinics.

Details of upcoming clinics will be published and regularly updated on this page, and advertised on the NSW Maritime Facebook page, as well as local area newspapers and radio.

Request a clinic or online demonstration

Boating organisations and groups including clubs, marinas, retailers and stakeholders can also request a Boating Education Officer to deliver a lifejacket self-service clinic in person or online to their members and staff.

To request a self- service clinic with your local Boating Education Officer, please contact maritimeeducation@transport.nsw.gov.au.

Additional information

  • Attendees are encouraged to bring along their own lifejackets to learn and conduct a self-service with our officers.
  • All attendees are to follow NSW Government COVID-19 safety guidelines and instruction given by staff.

Discount voucher scheme

The inflatable lifejacket self-service clinics have been supported by marine retail partners around NSW, through a discount voucher scheme. Customers attending a clinic have been able to buy lifejackets and replacement parts at a discount from the marine retailers participating in the scheme.

The discount voucher scheme is currently being reviewed and updated details will be published here as soon as the new program is finalised.

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