The Principles

Organisations1 which are signatories to the International Lifejacket2 Wear Principles agree to the following:

  • We recognise the fundamental role the wearing of lifejackets plays in the safeguarding of life for water users;
  • We recognise the importance of promoting the wearing of lifejackets when boating;
  • We endeavour to ensure that any publication including brochures, DVD, video, websites, and the like will feature all people wearing contemporary style lifejackets when in an outside area of a small craft3 that is underway;
  • We recommend to the recreational boating industry that its publications similarly feature all people shown wearing lifejackets when in an outside area of a small craft3 that is underway;
  • We require on-water education and compliance staff to wear lifejackets whenever they are on the water;
  • We use the term “lifejacket” in public information and education; and
  • We encourage respective boating safety networks to become ‘safety partners’ by supporting the above principles.

Principles website launch announcment, 29 July 2013.
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Footnotes
1. Includes organisations not at the initial discussion in Lake Muskoka in 2012
2. Lifejacket is a generic term covering all nationally approved personal lifesaving appliances/devices
3. Different jurisdictions, largely depending on marine conditions, define small craft variously as under 4.8m, under 16ft, under 6m or under 7m. Small craft includes tenders.

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