Recfishwest, WA’s peak body for recreational fishing, will be part of the 2017 Perth International Boat Show, and will use the event to promote safety when fishing by stressing the importance of lifejackets.

have their own line of slimline/compact Crewfit life jackets, designed for every type of fisher, which will be available at this year’s Show.

Community Engagement Officer and Recfishwest life jacket spokeswoman Bronte Nardi said it is great to see people’s attitudes on life jacket safety changing, and she is seeing a lot of people not just buying life jackets solely as a legal requirement, but because they want to wear one at all times while on their boat, just in case they come unstuck and there was no one else around.

“We’ve been running our Fish and Survive Campaign for two years now promoting fishing safety but more importantly trying to get more people ‘wearing’ life jackets and we believe these new life jackets are the best on the market to keep you safe if you do happen to find yourself in the drink,” Bronte said.

“Punters are realising that gone are the days of the old, bulky yellow foam life jackets with fraying straps shoved under the seat of the boat. More and more fishers (particularly middle aged men who fish alone) are wanting something they can wear all day on the boat and not feel restricted while fishing.”

“We believe the Crewsaver Crewfit 165 Sport life jacket is the best item you can have on you this summer and boat show goers agreed. Fishers were blown away by the new technology that allows a jacket to be so compact and not inhibit your fishing experience. Although small in design, the jacket inflates to hold 200kg and is above the required life jacket buoyancy standard for your vessel.”

People need to understand they can’t rely on cheap safety gear when it comes to your life and you don’t want your jacket to fail you when needed most.

The Crewsaver jackets are designed to be worn; fitting with a changing culture where more and more people are making the choice to wear their jacket rather than store them.

The Club Marine Perth International Boat Show is pleased to support Recfishwest in promoting lifejacket safety, and the guys from Recfishwest will be speaking on the Engel Aquatank Fishing Stage each day at the Show at 1.40pm about all things fishing in WA.

Visit www.fishandsurvive.com.au to view the full range of Recfishwest lifejackets. All money made from jacket sales go back into fishing safety initiatives around our great state and help us bring West Aussies home after a days fishing.

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