New Life Jackets
15th March 2015
I won't go into detail but due to the age and condition of the existing kit, it was ultimately decided to purchase new life jackets for use by coxes and coaches at the club. They are essentially just slightly more powerful and more modern versions of the old jackets.
There are three blue jackets which are the ones to use as a general rule. These are auto-inflating but with a manual firing toggle as well. This jacket has a single strap that goes under the crotch and attaches to the belt with a simple clip. Please use this strap, it's there for a reason.
There is one red jacket which is a manual-inflation only jacket. It is fine to use generally but has been purchased specifically for use when coxing the bow loader coxed four (Peter Roche). The auto-inflaters should never be worn in a bow loader. This jacket has a single strap that goes under the crotch and attaches to the belt with a simple clip. Please use this strap, it's there for a reason.
The three blue auto jackets are also fitted with a water-activated emergency light. Please take care of this kit and hang it up to dry in the usual place after every outing. We have found jackets lying about in launches or discarded on the floor recently which is not the best way to treat a piece of life saving equipment. If you have any questions or concerns about these new jackets (or life jackets in general) then please ask me. Please report any damage, activated or missing life jackets.
Please remember that ALL coxes and coaches should wear a life jacket when afloat (because they are generally wearing more clothing and boots) and that the jacket should be worn on the outside of all other clothing.
That is all.