Vest fit, safety and regulations can be overwhelming so we thought we would clear things up! 

When choosing the perfect vest for you, it can be super over whelming. Sometime even the most seasoned shopper has trouble making the decision. A variety of fits on offer, tech features, colours… let’s face it the colours are important, we have got to love how it looks. Add into the mix the laws…. Which do vary by state but do make a difference on what you need. All of this need to be taken into consideration before you check out, unless you are a mad dog maverick who through caution to the wind and just buy what you want when you want. If that’s you, respect and power to ya!

With the recent updates to maritime safety laws, now is a perfect time to check your current vest and see how it stacks up against the new laws.

But before we get into it we would like to remind the public of a past Jetpilot 2018 product safety recall on Jetpilot’s The Cause Kids Neo Vest Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Size 3-4, 4-6 and 8-10.

Note: Again we would like to make clear this only affects Jetpilot’s The Cause Kids Neo Vest Personal Flotation Device (PFD)  vests sold online and by major water sports stores in Australia and New Zealand from August 2016 to January 2018 in sizes 3-4, 4-6, 8-10. if you have purchased these vests before or after this date your vest complies with current Australian Standards and is safe for use. For more information on this recall you can vest our Product Recall page or contact our customer service team. 

Again we would like to highlight all current kids life vests sold through Jetpilot's major waters sports retail network and online at are certified to Australian Standards AS4758. 

Now let's get into some maritime safety laws, Being Queensland based I’ll use Queensland maritime safety as an example.

Queensland requires you to wear a PFD:

• When you are crossing a designated coastal bar in an open vessel that is less than 4.8m         in length.
• When you are on a personal water craft.
• If you are under the age of 12 years in an open vessel that is less that 4.8m in length and         underway. (Includes personal water crafts and towables). 
• Kids between the age 12 months and up to but not including 12 years old in an open vessel     that is less then 4.8m in length and is underway.

Queensland maritime safety laws requires that:

• Boat owners/skippers must brief each person boarding the vessel on the location of               safety equipment and have clear signs of where PFD’s are stowed.
• Each PFD must abide and display information about which Australian Standard (AS) it was     manufactured to. The current standard is AS 4758, which has replaced AS 1512-1996, AS         1499-1996 and AS 2260-1996 Personal floatation devices that don’t meet or meet                       previous standards must be replaced.
• It is also important to note that Nationally PFDs made to AS 4758, will be accepted by all         marine safety authorities by 1 July 2010. PFDs made to the old Australian standards can         continue to be sold after 1 July 2010. The State bodies can therefore implement their own     timing regimes.

• Although in Queensland that interim period is set to run out on 31 January 2021. Maritime       Safety Queensland and it’s enforcement partners will therefore begin enforcing the new         Standard for lifejackets from 1 February, 2021.
• New South Wales, Victoria and WA have not released a date: “Retailers can still sell                   lifejackets made to the old standards. Lifejackets made to the old standards will still be         recognised for many years.”

Types of personal flotation devices:

PFD’s in open waters:

• Level 100
• Level 150
• Level 275

*Note PFD’s have to be made to AS 4758. These can also be worn in smooth and partially smooth waters.

PFD’s in partially smooth waters:

• Level 50

Benefits of this PFD:

• Keeps you afloat but doesn’t have a collar which is known not to keep your head above             water.
• Can be worn by wake boarders, skiers and person(s) being towed in both smooth and               partially smooth waters.
• Can be worn by personal water craft riders in smooth, partially smooth and beyond                   waters.

*Note PFD’s have to be made to AS 4758.

PFD’s in smooth waters:

• Level 50 special purpose
• Level 50s

Benefits of this PFD:

• Can be worn by wake boarders, skiers and person(s) being towed in smooth waters.
• Can be worn by personal water craft riders in smooth waters.

*Note PFD’s have to be made to AS 4758.

Thinking your vest may not comply with your states laws? Now is a perfect time to check and update your PFD’s. Jetpilot have a wide range of PFD options for jet skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing, skiing and all other water sports activities.


Q. What is a properly fitted PFD?
A. A properly fitted personal flotation device can be measured us a person’s weight and size. Jetpilot PFD’s come with a recommended weight and size range which can be found online. The PFD should fit snugly and comfortable but still considered tight. It should be easy for a person to tighten without restricting movement. For young kids and infants, you should consider PFD’s that are fitted with a crotch strap to ensure the PFD does slide off. These types of PFD’s can be found on Jetpilot’s online store.

Q. How can I tell the length of my boat?
A. To determine the measurement of your boat refer to the length specified by the boat manufacturer or as recorded on the boat's registration.

Q. When is a boat underway?
A. The term 'underway' means the boat is not anchored, is not tied up to the shore and is not aground. For example, if it is drifting, it is underway.

Q. Do the occupants of every boat less than 4.8 metres in length have to wear life jackets?
A. No – the requirement applies to open boats less than 4.8 metres in length.

Q. What is an open boat?
A. An open boat is one which does not have a permanent rigid deckhouse, cabin or other enclosed space suitable for a person to occupy. In effect the requirement applies to tinnies and runabouts' but not half cabins.

*Note FAQS are taken from Queensland Maritime Safety 

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