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Lifejackets or personal flotation devices (PFDs)

People on board a vessel 6m or less must now wear a lifejacket unless the skipper, who is over the age of 15, has assessed the risk and specifically authorised that it is not required to be worn. 

It’s a legal requirement to wear lifejackets at times of heightened risk, such as when crossing bars, in strong tides or in water that is rough for the size of the craft, and in an emergency.

If you are water skiing, using a personal watercraft/jet ski or a paddleboard or kayak we recommend you wear a lifejacket at all times.

If you are being towed it is a legal requirement to wear your lifejacket.

Ensure that any children, elderly or non-swimmers always put their lifejackets on. Crotch straps are essential for children’s lifejackets.

We recommend that you wear your lifejacket when underway in any boat less than 6m long.

It is important to have the right type of lifejacket. Consider the type of water activity you do, the distance from shore you intend to go, and the kind of conditions you are likely to encounter. Talk to your local supplier or our Maritime team about what’s the best type of lifejacket or PFD for your activity.

To find out how to check your inflatable lifejacket click here.

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