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Extract from latest QORF newsletter re changes to Australian Canoeing safety guidelines.

Update to Safety Guidelines

Sam Lyons, Thursday, 7 April 2011

Advice on Personal Flotation Devices has been updated in the latest version of AC's safety Guidelines

Australian Canoeing's Safety Guidelines specify the minimum requirements for the safe conduct of Recreational (noncompetitive) Canoeing and Kayaking activities.

The new section reads:

4.3 Personal Flotation Devices

All participants are to wear an appropriate personal flotation device (PFD) whose construction meets or exceeds Australian Standards for PFD Level 50 or PFD Level 50S (previously known as PFD Type 2 and PFD Type 3) at all times while on the water. Paddlers must also comply with local equipment regulations, which vary from State to State.

PFDs should be the correct size for the wearer and be adjusted correctly whilst on the water. A whistle attached to the buoyancy aid for emergency use is recommended to enable a person to attract attention.

Rescue PFDs should comply with the previously mentioned standards for PFD Level 50S. Towing cowtails must be quick release. The PFD must not contain any pocket or other component that may impede paddling, normal rescue practices or exit from craft. It is highly recommended that all PFDs be of a bright colour.

Inflatable Level 150 PFDs are not considered suitable. They provide no buoyancy without action by the wearers, who may be incapacitated and therefore unable to inflate them

Here is a link to the full pdf document. Worth a read.




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The timer for the servicing intervals commences from date of purchase. So you have to carry copy of receipt. Same if you self service you have to have copy of service log.

Notice that the stickers that DEEDI give out foe expiry dates for flares now have a section for PFDs.



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