Old4New Lifejacket Upgrades a great safe boating initiative

8 October 2018

As we celebrate National Safe Boating Week this week, the Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade Program is back just as boating weather returns!

Royal Life Saving WA's Katie Cowcher at the Hillary's Yacht Club Open Day exchanging old lifejckets for new ones!Facilitated by The Royal Life Saving Society WA and Department of Transport, the program recently attended the Club Marine Perth International Boat Show promoting the importance of wearing a lifejacket while out on the water. Last weekend we were at the Hillarys Yacht Club Open Day, with lots of boaters heading along to exchange their old lifejackets for brand new self-inflating ones.

The recent Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report revealed that 249 people drowned in Australian waterways between July 2017 and June 2018. 15% of these deaths occured while people were taking part in boating activities, and boating related deaths accounted for 70% of fatalities at ocean / harbour locations, a 22% increase compared to the ten year average.

Studies have found that wearing a lifejacket doubles a person’s chances of survival once immersed in water.

There are many Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade events scheduled throughout Perth and surrounding areas for the 2018/19 season. At these events you can bring along your old, damaged or obsolete lifejackets and exchange these for a modern, streamline lifejacket for a discounted price. You can find out all the information about our upcoming events on our website.

This National Safe Boating Week, why not check out the upcoming Old4New lifejacket upgrade events that are happening across metro and regional WA and book a date in your calendar to take part before heading out boating this Spring and Summer!

For more information on the Old4New upgrade events, please click the link below.

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