Higher Life Jacket Wearing Rate Would Reduce Drowning In NSW Boating

The wearing of lifejackets is the one factor that overarches most of the safety issues highlighted by this report. Indeed, it is very likely that higher lifejacket wearing rates would have prevented many of the 64.7% of recreational vessel fatalities thought to have been caused by drowning over the period 2002–03 to 2011–12.  First and… Continue Reading

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Gairloch Tragedy – What’s the Difference between a Buoyancy Vest and a Life Jacket?

Gairloch Tragedy – What’s the Difference between a Buoyancy Vest and a Life Jacket?

The difference is simply that a buoyancy vest (a waistcoat with foam on the inside) will help keep you afloat but only a life jacket will keep your head above water if you fall unconscious. This critical point of difference was highlighted in a tragedy in Scotland earlier this year when a man and three… Continue Reading

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Times have changed for Life Jacket wearing

A recent visit to the Titanic exhibition at Liverpool Dockland’s Maritime Museum highlighted just how far life jacket design has progressed over the last century. The bulky, cumbersome and yes, rather ugly, flotation devices that the passengers and crew of the doomed Titanic wore in 1912 have evolved into the functional, colourful and stylish life… Continue Reading

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Surviving 20 Hours In The Water

The information on this page tells an extraordinary true story of three men who survived 20 hours in the water after their vessel was swamped in bad weather. The lessons learnt section provides a reminder of the importance of having your safety equipment easily accessible and in good condition. This incident is also an example… Continue Reading

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Wear Lifejackets When Crossing Bars.

  A recent story in the Australian AFLOAT Magazine has prompted us again at Wear It Australia to engage, educate and encourage skippers to make sure they and all crew members on board are wearing the appropriate PFD – life jacket.  If you’re not sure when to wear it, then it’s best to think of the old slogan “If it’s not on – It’s… Continue Reading

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