The easy way to ensure your lifesaving equipment is up to date and ready-to-use

Do you know what your liferaft looks like deployed? Have you ever had to inflate your lifejacket? Ocean Safety, in association with Yachting Monthly, is holding Liferaft Servicing Open Weekends in Southampton and Plymouth over the next two weeks. Admission is free, so bring your family, crew and equipment and put your mind at ease before you next set sail.

Come along to see liferafts being opened and safety equipment demonstrated. Bringyourliferaft and lifejackets: Ocean Safety’s service engineers will open and show you your equipment, which can then be left for service.

Experts will be at hand to discuss and advise on all types of equipment including liferafts, lifejackets, EPIRBs, MOB aids, parachute anchors and flares. Don’t miss this event – it could save your life.

To see your liferaft inflated, you must book an appointment with a service engineer – see contact details below.

Time: 1000-1600
Date: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February
Place: Ocean Safety, Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Southampton SO14 5QF
Contact: For more information or to book a time slot call Katie on 023 8072 0800 or email

Time: 1000-1600
Date: Saturday 3 March
Place: Ocean Safety, Unit 11, Ash Court, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9GE
Contact: For more information or to book a time slot call Elle on 01752 895855 or email

What do you think?

‘We were at Ocean Safety, Saxon Wharf (Southampton) at the w/e at their open day. It was excellent. We took the liferaft in for a service and to start with they opened it up and inflated it so that we could see it in operating mode. Great! We also had a flare firing demonstration (and a chance to fire flares ourselves – note to self – buy a welding glove!!). Also some really good tips on servicing lifejackets. And all without charge.

We also received some really good advice on EPIRBS and ended up buying a 406 & 121 GPS Cat 2 ACR. They’ve really come down in price and to my mind a “must have” now.

The staff there were very helpful and extremely knowledgeable, we were most impressed. 10/10. Wholly recommended – I think they are planning another open day in the West Country in the next month or so.’

Written by Rob on YM’s Scuttlebutt forum.