Tower Lifeboat Station has offered to run a lifejacket clinic for the club on Saturady 19th and Sunday 20 May as part of their activity this year to improve safety on the river. The RNLI’s key messages are:
- Useless unless worn
- Check and get them serviced regularly
- Choose and wear the appropriate Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for the activity
- Adjust and fit your PFD properly
Much of the onus on the above is for you as skippers and crews on our boats. We should inspect our lifejackets at least once a year – more often if used frequently – and have them serviced at the manufacturer’s recommended interval. Do we do that?
As part of the RNLI’s campaign to encourage those who go afloat to wear and properly maintain their lifejacket or buoyancy aid (PFD) some of Tower Community Safety Advisers (CSA) will demonstrate how to inspect PFD. After some basic checks the CSAs will talk owners through their PFD and encourage them to undertake the inspection themselves under supervision and demonstration so that they are familiar with their own PFD. It must be emphasised that this inspection by an RNLI CSA is not the equivalent of a lifejacket service; this should be carried out by an approved service agent.
I would encourage you to turn up to this free event, which is aimed to help you stay safe. There is no limit to the number of PFD you can bring along. There should be 4 from the RNLI. They will operate in pairs on an individual/pair basis with club members, so there may be a little waiting around at peak times. The clinic will start at 1000hrs, and be finished by 1600hrs on each day.
Sign-up sheet in the Club House.