Old4New FAQs

Old4New guidelines

The following guidelines apply to the Phase 2 Old4New Lifejacket upgrade campaign

1. To purchase a new inflatable lifejacket from RLSSWA* or get a $15 voucher from DoT**, an old, damaged or obsolete lifejacket must be upgraded

  • Auto-inflating lifejacket (red) - $65.00
  • Manual-inflating lifejacket (blue) - $60.00

2. A maximum of two lifejackets per person can be upgraded to a new inflatable lifejacket from RLSSWA*.

 

3. There will be a limited number of lifejackets available for purchase from RLSSWA* at each metropolitan event.

 

4. There will be a limited number of vouchers available per person in metropolitan and regional areas.

 

5. The $15 vouchers can only be redeemed at participating retail stores and used for the purchase of buying a new lifejacket.

 

6. The lifejackets and vouchers will be sold/given out on a first come first served basis.

 

7.  Recipients of the lifejacket upgrade must participate in a presentation covering lifejacket information, wear and maintenance.

 

*Royal Life Saving Society WA   **Department of Transport

 

FAQ's

How much will a lifejacket cost as part of the upgrade program?

A significant discount is available on lifejackets purchased through the upgrade programme. The Ultra lifejacket, is a new generation lifejacket, they are slim fitting, light weight and comfortable. The lifejackets can be purchased for the discounted price of $65. Remember, there are limited lifejackets available for purchase at each metropolitan location, after that $15 discount vouchers will be available to be used at participating retail stores.

What sort of lifejacket do I get when I trade in my old one?

The lifejackets available for purchase by Royal Life Saving Society WA are the Ultra lifejacket. These are level 150 (compliant for offshore use), slim fitting, automatic and manual inflating jackets.

If you are using your $15 discount voucher to purchase a lifejacket from a participating retailer, you will have more choice about what to purchase. Be sure to speak with staff in stores to make sure you are getting the right lifejacket for you and your boating needs.

Is there a limit on the number of lifejackets I can upgrade?

Yes. You can purchase a maximum of two lifejackets per person when you upgrade two old ones at any of the metropolitan locations. If you wish to upgrade more than two, you can exchange a further two old lifejackets in for a $15 voucher (per jacket) to be used at any participating retail store.

REMEMBER there is a limited number of lifejackets and vouchers per event and it will work on a first come, first served basis. We will update our Facebook page live during events to let you know if and when we sell out.

How does the voucher system work?

In order to receive a $15 voucher you must exchange an old, damaged or obsolete lifejacket. The voucher can be used at any participating retail store (see list below) for the purchase of a new lifejacket. The retailer will take $15 off the Recommended Retail Price of the lifejacket when you hand in your voucher. Vouchers are valid for up to 30 days following the upgrade event.

Do I need to trade in an old lifejacket in order to receive a voucher or purchase a new lifejacket?

Yes, the aim of the upgrade program is to remove old, damaged and obsolete lifejackets from the boating environment. The good news is, new generation lifejackets are available from many retailers. The below link identifies retailers who have joined our partnership program to accept discount vouchers, promote lifejacket awareness and sell new generation lifejackets.

How can I pay for my new lifejacket if I am lucky enough to upgrade one at one of your locations?

You can pay cash or Eftpos on the day.

Do I need to attend an Old4New event to upgrade my lifejacket or receive a voucher?

Yes. The events are designed to remove old, damaged and obsolete lifejackets as well as educate the boating community on lifejackets (including wearing and how to service a lifejacket). We try to schedule upgrade events throughout the Perth metropolitan area and regional areas of WA so that everyone can access the program. Check out our upcoming events at the link below.

If there isn’t one scheduled near you please contact us.

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Lifejacket Maintenance

The Old4New program is helping to promote the importance of wearing a lifejacket when you’re out on the water, especially when in smaller craft. Advice and guidance on lifejacket maintenance and servicing is provided through the program, and skippers are strongly encouraged to service their lifejacket in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. An inflatable lifejacket will only work if it’s kept in good working order.

Better design, technology and wearability in lifejackets have been a major breakthrough in boating safety. Inflatable lifejackets are now becoming more and more popular as they are easy to wear, don’t get in the way and are increasingly affordable. However, you should be aware that this type of lifejacket requires extra care, maintenance and service.

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