Boating Western Australia (Inc.)

In the new campaign boaties will be able to participate in FREE special lifejacket clinics to learn how to maintain their inflatable lifejacket and vouchers are available to assist with the cost of servicing or replacing a lifejacket when required. The importance of wearing a lifejacket while boating will continue to be reinforced and Make a difference – maintain and wear your lifejacket continues work on changing boating behaviour in WA and reduce the number of boating related deaths in WA.

In the nearly five years from July 2015 there have been 34 recreational boating deaths in WA. However, incident investigations have revealed 25 deaths, or 73 per cent, may have been avoided if the person had been wearing a lifejacket.

The campaign builds on the success of the Old4New lifejacket replacement program launched in 2016 in partnership with the Royal Lifesaving Society of Western Australia that saw more than 5000 old damaged or obsolete lifejackets removed from recreational vessels throughout WA and replaced with new, easy to wear inflatable lifejackets.

You can visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/makeadifference for clinic venues and guidelines outlining limits and requirements for participants.

This latest initiative continues the important work over many years to make it automatic for people to put on a lifejacket when going boating. DoT will deliver the campaign with the valued assistance of our retail partners who must be acknowledged for their commitment to the promotion of boating safety.

Hopefully we will see you at one of the clinics.

Make a difference lifejacket clinic will now be delivered in the following locations:

• 3rd October, Leeuwin boat ramp east fremantle

• 4th October, Woodman point boat ramp

• 10th October, Two Rocks marina

• 11th October, Breakwater parade boat ramp mandurah

•  19 Oct: Bunbury – Lyons Cove boat ramp (next to Bunbury Power Boat Club) | 4pm

•  20 Oct: Australind – Ridley Place boat ramp, 4pm

•  21 Oct: Busselton – Port Geographe, 4pm

•  22 Oct: Dunsborough – Quindalup boat ramp, 4pm

•  23 Oct: Augusta – Ellis Street, 4pm