Don’t risk it: lifejackets save lives

Whenever you’re heading out on the water, make sure everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket.

A lifejacket won’t ruin your day on the water but it can prevent it ending in tragedy.

Lives are lost in recreational boating emergencies every year but many of these victims could still be alive today if they had been wearing a lifejacket, especially in smaller, unstable vessels, which can easily capsize in rough conditions like coastal bars.

Modern lifejackets come in a range of models, including jackets, vests, yoke or bag styles. They are more slim-fitting and comfortable than in the past and won’t restrict your movement, whether you’re boating, fishing or riding a jet ski. It is also safest to wear a lifejacket whenever and wherever you are rock fishing.

NSW laws require lifejackets to be worn in many situations. For more information on NSW lifejacket laws visit: