Learn how to self-inspect your inflatable lifejacket

Attend one of our free clinics to learn how to service and maintain your lifejacket, so you can stay safe on the water.

Inflatable lifejackets are easy to wear and comfortable but require proper maintenance to keep you afloat in an emergency.

If you own an inflatable lifejacket in Victoria, you should self-inspect it once a year and have it fully serviced by an accredited service agent in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications (generally every three to five years).

About the clinics

Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) team members will guide you through the process of inspecting your jacket, giving you the knowledge you need to complete your annual self-inspections.

Attendees will receive a $30 voucher from a local retailer to go towards a new lifejacket, lifejacket service kit, or other safety equipment as mandated by Victoria’s Marine Safety Regulations 2012.

Clinic dates

UPDATE: Some FloatSafe events have been postponed due to COVID-19 levels. However, if you have expired flares you can still attend our FlareSafe drop-off sites.

We'll add details including event times, and links to event registration, when available. Follow Maritime Safety Victoria on Facebook to see posts about event launches.

Be sure to bring your inflatable jacket with you, or you may not be able to take part.

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Inverloch Boat Ramp


Lakes Entrance, during the Hooked on Lakes Entrance event

Saturday, 12 March 2022

Portland, during the  Hooked on Tuna event

Saturday, 23 April 2022

Patterson River Launching Way


Geelong Marine World, 401-409 Portarlington Rd Moolap

Saturday, 19 March 2022



National Water Sports Centre, Patterson River

During Discover Boating Showcase, 23-24 April 2022

Bring your inflatable lifejacket along during the show open times to learn how to undertake the annual self-inspection. The first 100 participants will receive a $30 voucher to spend on safety equipment at the show.

Terms and conditions

  1. Please arrive five to 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of your event and present to the registration desk.
  2. Non-attendance, or late attendance will nullify your eligibility for the voucher used to promote the event.
  3. You may be refused entry if you do not bring an inflatable lifejacket with you.
  4. You must follow Victorian Government COVIDSafe Settings and any other precautions put in place, or instructions given by staff, to ensure compliance with the event's COVIDSafe Plan.
  5. It is recommended all participants are fully vaccinated before attending the clinic.
  6. No children allowed in the event area.
  7. No pets allowed in the event area.
  8. No smoking, alcohol or food permitted in the event area.
  9. Vouchers are valid for 30 days following the event.
  10. Vouchers can only be used for lifejackets, lifejacket components, other safety equipment mandated by Victoria’s Marine Safety Regulations 2012, distress beacon (EPIRB/PLB) or CO detector.
  11. MSV reserves the right to refuse to admit and/or to issue vouchers to anyone who does not actively participate in the clinic or behaves inappropriately towards other participants or staff.
  12. Limit of one voucher per attendee.
  13. Should the clinic be cancelled due to severe weather, participants will be notified by email. No vouchers will be issued to ticket holders should the event be cancelled.