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​Find The Right Lifejacket

It is safest to wear a lifejacket whenever you are rock fishing.

The Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016 (NSW) makes it compulsory for anyone who is rock fishing anywhere in a declared area, and anyone who is helping them rock fish, including children, to wear an appropriate lifejacket.

To be an ‘appropriate lifejacket’ that complies with the lifejacket law, a lifejacket must comply with Australian Standard AS 4758 or an equivalent international standard. 

Lifejacket styles

Modern lifejackets are slim fitting and easy to wear so they don't get in the way. With a wide range of styles and colours available, there is a lifejacket to suit you. 

Here are some of the styles available:

​Lifejacket   Description

  • This is a picture of a L50 lifejacket.A L50 foam lifejacket equipped with thigh strap, reflective shoulder patches in high visibility colours and a whistle for attracting attention.

    High comfort foam design.

    Easy care and maintenance.

  • This is a photo of a lifejacket called L150A L150 manual inflatable lifejacket.

    These low-profile inflatable jackets offer increased comfort due to the slim design but require extra care, regular inspection and must be serviced according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • This is a photo of a lifejacket called L50SA L50S foam lifejacket equipped with thigh strap, reflective shoulder patches and a whistle for attracting attention.

    High comfort foam design. Easy care and maintenance.

  • This is a photo of a lifejacket called L50 designed for womenA L50 foam lifejacket that is slim fitting and has ample room for arm movement.

    This slim fitting lifejacket is designed for women.

  • This is a photo of a lifejacket called the L50 designed for a wide range of peopleThis L50 foam lifejacket is great value with high quality components that don't compromise safety or looks.

    The gussetted design allows for easy fitting for a wide range of people and ages.

    A L50 to suit the whole family.

  • This is a photo of a lifejacket called the L50 which has has extra slim fitA L50 foam lifejacket that has an extra slim fit, adjustable for a range of body shapes and comes with additional pockets and attachment D ring.

  • Non-compliant lifejackets

  • Rock fishers risk receiving a $100 fine if they fish in declared areas while wearing “Iso” fishing jackets that do not comply with Australian standards.

    Iso (pronounced eso) is a form of rock fishing developed in Japan and South Korea. Specialist Iso jackets are produced for the Asian fishing market by a number of Japanese, Korean and Chinese tackle companies. The products are imported and sold by fishing tackle shops and are widely available online.

    Iso jackets currently available in the Australian market examined by the Department of Primary Industries do not comply with any Australian or international lifejacket standards. 

    Anglers who have purchased an Iso style jacket from a tackle shop or online, or who are considering getting one of these products, are advised that if the jacket does not have a certification label, then it is likely that it is not compliant under the Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016.

    In order to be compliant under the RFSA, you must wear a lifejacket or other flotation product clearly marked as being certified under AS4758 or another relevant standard. This certification is usually prominently marked on the inside of the lifejacket. 

    This is a photo of an Iso lifejacket that does not meet Australian Standards
  • Left: An example of a non-compliant "Iso" lifejacket. 

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