Old4New at Te Toro on Sunday

 

 

The popular and successful boating safety initiative will roll into Te Toro boat ramp on February 7th at 3.30-7.00pm, where there will be lifejacket demonstrations and the opportunity to win a ride on a Coastguard vessel.

Coastguard is excited about the re-launch of the ‘Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade’, a popular and highly successful boating safety initiative.
This campaign is about keeping boaties safe on the water this summer and forms a key part of Coastguard’s advocacy for safe and enjoyable boating over the 2015/16 summer boating season.
24 hours a day and 365 days a year, Coastguard is there for boaties and our communities as the charity saving lives at sea.
The ‘Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade’ van, fully wrapped in vibrant signage and laden with lifejackets, has been visiting major boat ramps and locations around the greater Auckland and Waikato regions. The premise of the campaign is simple: bring your old, damaged or obsolete lifejacket to the Old4New team and receive a discount on a quality, fit-for-purpose Hutchwilco lifejacket.
Boaties and members of the public are encouraged to visit the van and trade in their old lifejackets, and also get advice about boating and water safety from the friendly team.
The importance of wearing a lifejacket was highlighted recently where a 6.5m powerboat capsized in rough conditions on the Manukau Bar. The three boaties onboard survived thanks to the fact that they were all wearing lifejackets.
Recreational boating statistics also state that while almost all (96%) recreational vessel owners reported carrying lifejackets and 91% thought they were important, almost one-third of vessels approached in a separate survey (almost all of which were 6m or under) had no-one aboard wearing lifejackets of any form.
At the end of the campaign, Coastguard will also distribute good condition traded-in lifejackets (that still meet NZ Standards) to communities in need.
The 2014 campaign was a huge success with over 2,700 old or unsafe lifejackets traded in for discounts on new, modern fit-for-purpose lifejackets.
The campaign is made possible with the support of quality lifejacket manufacturer Hutchwilco and kiwi vehicle distributor Giltrap Group – both proudly New Zealand-owned companies supporting boating safety.

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