are not very expensive and can be purchased easily in most towns and cities or via on-line internet stores. Vessels and water craft in Australian waters, by law, must have a specified number of lifejackets aboard. Why then, do so many recreational boaties and sailors risk their lives by not wearing them in potentially hazardous situations – and in some cases, not even bothering to have enough on board for every crew member.
Lifejackets Do Save Lives – even an Olympic swimmer should wear one when they are in open water or involved in activities such as fishing, power boating and jet-skiing.
- Should an accident happen, you may have to spend a long time in the water.
- You may have to swim to shore or;
- You could even be unconscious.
- A lifejacket will keep you buoyant, particularly when tired.
- If you are out on the water your lifejacket should always be on or nearby.
- A lifejacket that is stowed away will be of no use to you in an emergency.
For over 10 years as a volunteer with a Marine Rescue Group (MRG), I’ve even witnessed people about to be rescued from their sinking boat trying to work out how to put their lifejackets on.
They’re of no use to you if they’re not worn!
It’s here to encourage everyone on (or near) the water – from kayakers, rock fishermen to commercial trawlermen and professional sailing crews – to wear lifejackets and potentially save life.
Thank you for taking the time to browse this site. WEAR IT AUSTRALIA!