Boaters are encouraged to attend free lifejacket self-servicing clinics this weekend at a range of locations on the North Coast.

NSW Maritime Acting Executive Director Andrew Mogg said people could drop in to clinics set up at Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Forster, Nelson Bay, and Blacksmiths.

“NSW Maritime Boating Education Officers will be on-site to show boaters a step-by- step process to check and maintain their lifejackets,” Mr Mogg said.

“We know that lifejackets save lives but they can only do so when they are maintained correctly and in good working order,” he 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.

“Learning how to do these simple lifejacket checks and servicing could save your life, and ensure you have a fun day out on the water and get home to your family safely.”

Mr Mogg said the clinics would include demonstrations of easy-to-do lifejacket pre-wear checks and self-servicing of inflatable lifejackets.

It is a legal requirement in NSW that inflatable lifejackets are serviced once a year, or in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

While some brands allow self-servicing, others require lifejackets to be serviced by the manufacturer. You can find your nearest service agent and register for servicing reminders here: 

“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”.

For more information and to register for a clinic visit – due to COVID-19 and NSW health guidelines there is a limit of 14 attendees per session.

For more information on lifejacket wear and servicing visit: