Al­ways wear your life­jacket

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With more than a mil­lion New Zealan­ders ex­pected to take to the wa­ter in around a mil­lion recre­ational boats this summer it is heart­en­ing to see that more boat­ies seem to be wear­ing life­jack­ets.

Mar­itime NZ di­rec­tor Keith Manch said sur­veys over time show more and more boat­ies seem to be get­ting the mes­sage: ’’Al­ways wear your life­jacket’’.

How­ever, be­tween 30 per cent and 40 per cent still do not and our tragic statis­tic is that about twothirds of recre­ational boat­ing deaths could be pre­vented if peo­ple wore life­jack­ets.

Mar­itime rules make the skip­per re­spon­si­ble for each per­son on board hav­ing a life jacket of the right size.

‘‘Our ad­vice, and some coun­cils by­laws, go fur­ther – wear it not near it!’’ Manch said.

‘‘It is just com­mon sense. Most ac­ci­dents oc­cur sud­denly with no warn­ing.

‘‘When that hap­pens it’s too late to try to find and put on a life­jacket.’’

It is also im­por­tant to have the right type of life­jacket.

Con­sider the type of boat­ing you do, the dis­tance from shore you in­tend to go, the kind of con­di­tions you are likely to en­counter, and the peo­ple on board.

The skip­per should give each per­son a life­jacket and ex­plain how in­flat­able life­jack­ets are ac­ti­vated.

Show them how to fit, fas­ten, and ad­just their life­jacket, and how to put on and ad­just the crotch strap if there is one.

If a whis­tle and light are fit­ted,

‘‘Our ad­vice, and some coun­cils by­laws, go fur­ther – wear it not near it!’’

show them to pas­sen­gers and ex­plain how the light is turned on.

Then, check all life­jack­ets are be­ing worn cor­rectly and are not dam­aged.

Af­ter a trip, rinse off salt wa­ter to help pre­vent cor­ro­sion.

Auto-in­flate life­jack­ets should be wiped with a wet sponge – not rinsed be­cause they are ac­ti­vated on con­tact with wa­ter.

Store life­jack­ets clean, dry, well-ven­ti­lated, and out of the sun­light. Do not com­press or store un­der heavy ob­jects.

With all in­flat­able life­jack­ets, check that the blad­der is not dam­aged and the gas cylin­der has not been dis­charged.


mar­iti­ , en­ter ‘‘life­jack­ets’’ in the search field.

Sup­pli­ers, Coast­guard Boat­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Mar­itime NZ can give ad­vice.

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