Before you hit the water for a day of fun or fishing it is important to always ensure you have the correct safety gear for your situation or location.
Personal Flotation Devices (Life Jackets) are one of the most important pieces of water safety equipment you will ever buy, but it is vitally important that you choose the right one for your activity type and the correct fit for the intended user.
PFDs come in three types:
These have suitable floatation to support the body, neck support to keep head above water as well as highly visible colours and reflective tape. These types of jackets can be used in smooth, partially smooth and open water boating situations. Must comply with Australian Standard AS4758.
These have floatation to keep body buoyant, but without neck support to keep head above water. Perfect for calm water activities in rivers and dams as well as waterskiing, wakeboarding and jet skis. Must comply with AS4758.
Similar to PFD Level 50, but in less visible colours. For use in calm water activities where the user is in constant view and in the water for a short period of time. Must comply with AS4758.
So, before setting off on your next trip, check that you have enough PFDs, they are in good condition and that they are suitable for your activities.