Old4new lifejacket swap program available during summer

Royal Life Saving Society WA chief of operations Peter Leaversuch with Liberal Member for Swan Steve Irons at the Ascot foreshore.
Royal Life Saving Society WA chief of operations Peter Leaversuch with Liberal Member for Swan Steve Irons at the Ascot foreshore.

THE Royal Life Saving Society WA (RLSSWA) will be swapping old life jackets for new at four different locations around the city over summer.

Along with the Deparment of Transport (DoT), RLSSWA will be running the Old4New lifejacket campaign, exchanging one old or damaged lifejacket for a new, slimline, self-inflating $65 jacket, or a $15 voucher from the DoT.

RLSSWA senior manager of research and health promotion, Lauren Nimmo, said it was of concern “that so many people were failing to take their safety seriously while boating not wearing a lifejacket.”

She said with the new lifejackets available, the uncomfortable bulkiness had gone out the window.

“We’d urge all West Australians to remember our four key messages to keep safe this summer,” Miss Nimmo said, “Wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol around water, always supervise children and learn how to save a life.”

There have been 16 drownings in WA since October 2016.

Studies have found wearing a lifejacket doubles a person’s chance of survival once in the water.

More information about the Old4New lifejacket can be found at www.lifesavingwa.com.au/programs/old4new

Old4New will be taking place at the following locations:

-Friday 27th of January 9am to 11am – Maylands Boat Ramp – Clarkson Road, Maylands

-Saturday 28th of January 9am to 11am – Woodman Point Boat Ramp

-Sunday 29th of January 9am to 11am – Point Peron Boat Ramp

-Sunday 12th February 2017 9am – 11am – Ocean Reef Boat Ramp