Old4New at Mandurah Crab Fest offering upgrades on life jackets

A new lifejacket (right) alongside an old one.
A new lifejacket (right) alongside an old one.

THE Royal Life Saving Society WA and the Department of Transport joined forces to deliver the Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade program to remind boaters of the importance of wearing a lifejacket at all times on the water.

A recent report found 473 people drowned in Australian waterways in the past 10 years while participating in a boating related activity.

Only 8 per cent were wearing a life jacket.

Studies show wearing a life jacket doubled the chances of survival.

The campaign has been very popular so far with 650 lifejackets upgraded since the program started.

Boat owners can visit the Old4New tent at the Mandurah Crab Fest on Saturday between 10-11am to take advantage of the deal.

They can take along old, damaged, obsolete or foam filled lifejackets and choose between buying a new slim line self-inflating jacket for $65 or get a $15 voucher that can be redeemed at any participating retail partner for a new lifejacket.

A maximum of one lifejacket and two vouchers are available per boat on the day.

There have been nine drowning deaths recorded in WA this year.

More information on the Old4New Lifejacket campaign at www.lifesavingwa.com.au/programs/old4new.