Last chance for South Coast boaties to swap Old4New

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Boaties on the NSW South Coast are running out of time to take advantage of the Old4New lifejacket upgrade program, before it ends for the season.

Old, bulky lifejackets in any condition can be traded-in for a discount on a brand new one, at the roving Old4New lifejacket van.

“Lifejackets are a vital piece of safety equipment for the estimated two million people who go boating in NSW each year and not wearing one can have catastrophic consequences,” said a Transport for NSW spokesperson.

“90% of people who have drowned while boating in NSW were not wearing a lifejacket.”

The Old4New lifejacket van will stop at 10 locations between St Georges Basin this Friday and Narrawallee on Sunday May 1.

The boating public is encouraged to take the opportunity to upgrade their lifejackets, although purchases can be made without a trade-in.

“Improved technology and design has led to a range of lifejacket styles that look good, are easy to wear and don’t get in the way of your favourite activity on the water.”

“The Old4New program is helping to break down perceptions that lifejackets are cumbersome and uncomfortable. Today, there is a modern, wearable lifejacket to suit everyone. “

“We are continuing to see preventable boating fatalities and we encourage people to make wearing a lifejacket a habit, as it might save your life.”

Since Old4New was launched in 2013, the van has travelled more than 72,000km statewide, visited more than 370 coastal and inland sites and assisted people in 15,000 lifejacket upgrades.