Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade campaign

'Old4New' Lifejacket Upgrade Campaign 

It's back! The popular and successful Old4New lifejacket campaign returns to boat ramps and marinas across Auckland, Northland, Waikato and the Coromandel for 2015.

Visit our team at the Old4New van every weekend over summer* and trade in your old, damaged or worn lifejacket for a significant discount on a brand new, modern Hutchwilco lifejacket. With five lifejacket styles to choose from (including one for kids), there's no reason not to be safe on the water! 

Location Schedule

Click here to find out where the Old4New van will be, and when

A3 Posters

Print & display these posters to help us promote Old4New in your area


Click here to read frequently
asked questions about Old4New

Media release

Click here for the media release. For media enquiries, please contact us.

Where will the Old4New team be?

Date Time Location
Saturday 5 December November 0730am - 1130am

Auckland Marine Rescue Centre
3 Solent Street, Mechanics Bay
(click here for a map)

Sunday 6 December 0730am - 1130am Half Moon Bay Marina
(click here for a map)
For more dates and locations, click here.  

The Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade campaign is proudly supported by Hutchwilco and the Giltrap Group.


Saving lives at sea isn't easy.
Without your help it's impossible.

Coastguard maintains an infrastructure right around the coast of New Zealand to ensure we are there when the New Zealand public need us.

In the Northern Region we cover from Thames, across to Kawhia and up both coasts to Cape Reinga. We have strategically located rescue vessels, search aircraft and comprehensive marine VHF coverage and units that all go into making up this infrastructure – they are all operated by volunteers.

You can also keep up with the latest news by connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter!

In addition to search and rescue  we work hard to provide boaties with safety information and services to help you enjoy your boating.


Captain Duncan Garner : Do you want to live or die?

I did my Coastguard Day Skipper course over the weekend. I’m yet to find out if I passed, but, fingers crossed, I should. Hopefully!

Man, it was intense. So much information, over both days! I’ve had my little boat for two years and now I’m doing the course. Yes, of course, I did it around the wrong way; I was stupid. I took my life into my own, inexperienced hands. But I seriously recommend a course like this. How much do you value your life? If you want to survive at sea – do this course.

Our instructor Steve knew everything. He’d been around the world many times on boats. So what did I learn? Everything. I learnt about what you must check before you go boating, I learnt what the boat must have on board, I learnt about skipper responsibility. Click here to read the full article.



How to self-service your Hutchwilco inflatable jacket 

In this Youtube clip Ed from Wilco Marine Services demonstrates how to correctly check that your lifejacket is completely operational. 

He examines all parts of the jacket including the inflation bladder and CO2 cylinder.  

We advise perform this check annually to ensure your inflatable lifejacket is operational and to give to you peace of mind when you are on the water.  

Click here to download the PDF or you can watch the full Youtube video here.    




Join the team saving lives at sea as a volunteer Radio Operator!

Click here for more information.



Stay safe out on the water with the 'Safe Boating CODE'

Before taking your boat out please ensure you take the time to carry out a pre-summer boating check and take note of Coastguard's key boating safety messages.

As a simple guide, the Boating Safety Code provides 5 rules that will help you to stay safe, no matter what kind of boat you use.

1. Life jackets; take them - wear them
Boats, especially ones under 6m in length, can sink very quickly. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water.

2. Skipper Responsibility
The skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat. Know your limits and that of your boat and stay within those limits!

3. Communications
Take two separate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get in to difficulties.
Coastguard strongly recommends that you carry a marine VHF radio and know the distress and local channels. If you are taking a cell phone make sure it is fully charged and put it in a waterproof plastic bag.
4. Marine Weather
New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.
Also, listen to Coastguard's Nowcasting service if it operates in your area.

5. Avoid Alcohol
Safe boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change very quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.





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