How to maintain your buoyancy aid

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How to maintain your buoyancy aid

Maintenance and care of your buoyancy aid is of the utmost importance. Doing so will extend the life of the buoyancy aid and ensure it performs as it was designed.


  1. If used in salt water, rinse the buoyancy aid with fresh water after each use.
  2. Rinse off any mud, sand, dirt, stains and sun cream. Dirt on buoyancy aid can develop into mould which can damage the fabric and foam, risking reliability and performance. A more thorough clean can be beneficial using washing detergent and a brush. But never use use chlorine based bleach or your washing machine.
  3. Check the buoyancy aid for any damage or holes and that the buckles and straps are functioning and properly attached.
  4. After cleaning, let the buoyancy aid drip dry before stowing. Try not to dry the buoyancy aid in direct sunlight and do not dry using a tumble dryer as this can damage the foam.
  5. Store the buoyancy aid in a cool, dry place. Do not store under heavy objects as this can cause damage.
  6. If the buoyancy aid is not going to be used for a long time, store it off the boat in a dry, temperate location.

You can read how to maintain a lifejacket here.


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