“setting a World Record to bring a world of change to boating safety and lifejacket wear”
Wear It Australia, in association with the North American National Safe Boating Council, is encouraging the media, recreational & professional boating skippers to participate on Saturday, May 17th 2014 in the “Ready, Set, Wear It” Life Jacket World Record Day. This once a year day is to Engage, Educate and Encourage the life saving use of a lifejacket.
The objective of the day is to gather as many as possible participants in Australia and around the World to wear and inflate their inflatable life jackets. The goal is not only to promote the comfortable and versatile options when it comes to life jackets, but to educate the public about life jackets and safe boating & on-water activities.
As an alternative to activating the CO2 cannister on the inflatable lifejacket because of cost constraints, skippers are encouraged to follow their respective brands manufactures’ test instructions on May 17th.
Why not gather a few fishing mates around home on the Saturday afternoon and have a test, inspect and wear event!
This opportunity to test and inspect should also take place for non inflatable life jackets.
Here are just a few general inspection checks, however refer to your manufacturers self inspection instructions:
Identify where they are stored on the vessel. Label all compartment doors.
Remove from the sealed retail packaging – we hope not!
Life jacket expiry date
The lifejacket has no wear or damage
Hooks, loops or zippers are all ok in good working condition
All straps have no visible damage
Lifting becket has no damage
Open and close all buckles
Test the attached whistle by blowing loudly
Additional for inflatable life jackets;
Check the oral inflation tube for any visible damage
Open the covers and check all fittings and the lung for signs of abrasion or wear.
Inflate by blowing into the red oral tube and leave inflated in a room for 12 hours in stable air temperature.
Check there is no loss of pressure or visible damage to the lung while inflated.
These are only a few checks to conduct which will not financially cost you dollars – only your time.
Who should participate?
- all boating skippers & crew
- maritime professionals, government on-water employees
- marine rescue groups
- boating & fishing retailers / shops
- boating & sailing clubs
- fishing clubs
- rock fisherman
- surf life savers
- parents with home swimming pool use
Wear It Australia extends the offer to groups to submit a photograph or video of the group “inflation” on the day for submission to this site. In turn, your story and effort will be forwarded to the world headquarters of WEAR IT in the U.S.A.
So come on Australia – Ready, Set, Wear It Australia!