The aim of the lifejacket clinic is to undertake anumber of safety checks that will give the sailor or water activity enthusiast the piece of mind that if they or a member of their crew does find themselves in the water that the jacket will inflate. So that Community Safety Advisors can undertake lifejacket checks they all attend a qualifying lifejacket clinic course at Poole HQ.
The team checked thirty lifejackets intotal, with nineteen failures and four being condemned.
John Homer commented “a great first clinic for Gravesend. We really enjoyed talking with Erith Yacht Club members and we hope that they found the session beneficial. We urge all sailors and boaters to check their lifejackets on a regular basis and to get them serviced by an approved service agent”.
Our next lifejacket clinic is taking place at Margate Lifeboat Station on Sat 12th October. Why not pop along and get your lifejacket checked for free and plenty of maritime safety advice available.
**Please note that an Inspection by an RNLI Community Safety Advisor is not the equivalent of a lifejacket service by an approved lifejacket service agent**.
Recently our team have carried out their Ramsgate Harbour ‘walk the pontoons’ lifesaving intervention tactic. Whereby team members chat to boat owners and undertake checks on their lifejackets free of charge. Regularly our team found that lifejacket firing mechanisms are out of date. One routine check earlier this year revealed that the firing mechanism had already been fired in a jacket, but the owner had been told by a friend that it was fit for purpose and would work.
Lifejacket firing mechanism with date stamp
When was the last time you checked the firing mechanism on your lifejacket? Were you aware that they have a replacement date stamped on them? Do you know how to check this date?
Hammar automatic inflation system
Why not contact us for a FREE lifejacket check and give yourself and your crew the peace of mind that if you end up in the water your lifejacket (if worn) could save your life. Please send us a private message with your contact details on our Facebook page or email Andrew_Mills@rnli.org.uk and let our team do the rest. The checks and advice we give you will not cost anything and we also have anumber of free booklets which will help you stay safe on the water.
Halkey-Roberts Bobbin (out of date)
Remember: Lifejackets have no use stored in a bag. Stick one on before it is too late. Useless unless worn!
Please note: The checks that our team carries out are not meant to replace the recommended servicing by a qualified lifejacket service agent or manufacturer.
Lifejacket clinic underway at the Royal Temple Yacht Club
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