The Most Important Piece of Safety Equipment You MUST Have on Your Boat at all Times.
Boating is a fantastic pastime that offers such a wide variety of activities and appeals to almost everyone. Whether you are a diehard fishermen, an adrenaline junkie wakeboarder, a leisurely pleasure cruiser, or anything else in between we all agree that being out on the water is the place to be, and we all agree (or at least we should) that being safe while boating is hugely important. To keep yourself, and your family and friends, safe while out on the water requires preparation, and vigilance. It is essential to plan your trip, observe safe and correct boating practises and carry all the necessary safety equipment.
Here we talk about the item of number one importance when it comes to boating safety equipment. This information is so important, it could just save your life.
Your PFD (Personal Flotation Device) Is The Most Important Item On Your Boat, Period
Also known as a lifejacket, this is the most important piece of safety equipment on your boat.
Even the strongest swimmer will tire and drown after extended time in the water, and that is if you are conscious when you go in. If you fall out of the boat and hit your head on the way overboard you lifejacket will be the only thing keeping your head above water. Wearing the correct PFD for the conditions and activities you are undertaking is essential, and there are regulations that must be followed at all times when within Australian waters.
Types of PFDs
There are several classifications of PFDs each designed for a different purpose. The three categories used in government regulations are 100+, 50, and 50s.
Level 100+ PFDs
These were formerly referred to as ‘Type 1’ and provide a high level of buoyancy.
These lifejackets are designed to keep an unconscious person’s mouth and nose clear of the water without any action by the wearer. These jackets can be inflatable, or non-inflatable. Inflatable jackets use C02 canisters to inflate air bags, are generally more comfortable to wear while offering more freedom of movement than non-inflatable jackets.
The downside is that these lifejackets require regular servicing to remain functioning.
The non-inflatable jackets have built in foam for buoyancy and require no maintenance. All 100+ PFDs are required to be highly visible colours. This class of PFD includes level 100, level 150 and level 275 which provide progressively more buoyancy and are suited to different conditions. Level 275 PFDs are designed for offshore operations where the wearer is typically wearing heavy gear and conditions can be very rough.
Level 50 PFDs
These were formerly referred to ‘Type 2’ and are designed to support a conscious person in the water for short periods of time. They are highly visible colours and are typically used in sheltered waterways such as rivers and lakes.
Level 50s PFDs
These jackets provide a similar amount of buoyancy as the level 50 PFDs but are not required to be highly visible colours. These jackets are primarily used in water sports such as wakeboarding where assistance is readily available and style is a consideration.
For the up-to-date laws and regulations regarding lifejackets visit this site.
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Whatever on-water activity you partake in, make sure you stay safe by having the right safety gear, and keeping it in good condition.
You also want to ensure that your boat is in prime condition. TR Marine Services provides ongoing servicing and maintenance to help keep your vessel in tip-top-shape. We also provide superior boat detailing services so that your boat not only runs great, but she'll look great as well. For more information on the services that we offer, or to book your boat in for a little TLC care of TR Marine Services, please contact us here.