Safety on board: The importance of checking your lifejacket

Safety on board: The importance of checking your lifejacket

April 13, 2016

It’s that time of year, when we all start thinking about getting out on the water again. A little sunshine and we’re off dreaming of lazy days afloat with the family. It’s also the ideal time to fully check your life jackets.

Your life jacket is one of the most important pieces of technical equipment on board your boat and as such needs your full attention on a regular basis – an inspection and check every three months is recommended as a minimum. You need to undertake a visual check for tears, cuts, abrasions etc, a practical inflation test to ensure that there are no leaks and replacement of any out of date elements such as the gas cylinder and trigger mechanism (both of which are physically dated with an expiry date).

For a more detailed explanation and guidance Crewsaver have produced an excellent check list for life jacket maintenance which you can find here – CREWSAVER LIFE JACKET CARE AND MAINTENANCE .

We stock a range of life jackets and buoyancy aids in our SAFETY KIT section for all little sailors. You might also like to check out our blog “Keeping Children Safe on Board, the serious stuff – 1. Life Jackets & Buoyancy Aids”  for further information.

Always check – it only takes a short while but it might be the most important task you undertake…. And then get out on the water and have some serious fun!


We offer functional and fashionable clothing for outdoor adventurers 2-10 years throughout all seasons, and specialise in providing reliable, high quality waterproofs. Nipper Skipper supplies Forest Schools, Kindergarten and Nurseries and we are happy to discuss bulk requirements (please email).
We also offer practical sailing kit and technical safety gear, for children aged 0-10 years who enjoy messing about in boats or sailing.

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