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Old 15 July 2010, 05:39   #11
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Ah well that is a bit of a relief ... though point taken about remembering to pull it.

Were they conventional 'auto' lifejackets that failed, or Hammar type? Which sort is generally more reliable?
It was a United Moulders unit that failed on that occasion, Stephen. It had passed it's expiry date, and Puffin wanted to test it in the water.

It is one of the few of that type that have failed on courses. In my experience it has been the pressure-activated units that have failed more frequently than the soluble types. However, out of the pool environment, it is the soluble units that are more likely to accidently deploy if the tablet has been allowed to get damp.

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Old 15 July 2010, 05:45   #12
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It was a United Moulders unit that failed on that occasion, Stephen. It had passed it's expiry date, and Puffin wanted to test it in the water.
As a follow up to that, went home and tested the other 2 that were out of date, they both fired correctly, all lifejackets now fully checked and up to date!

One of many lessons learnt in a useful and enjoyable day!
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Old 15 July 2010, 06:50   #13
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By coincidence I was looking at my Hammars the other day and the inflator bits expire next year so I must order some new units for them. The "light" is still green but I don't know how much use that is...
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Old 15 July 2010, 07:33   #14
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By coincidence I was looking at my Hammars the other day and the inflator bits expire next year so I must order some new units for them. The "light" is still green but I don't know how much use that is...
Not sure about the Hammars but the green 'light'/tag usually shows it hasn't been triggered not the state of charge of the bottle.

Don't forget if all else fails that you can blow it up by mouth.

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Old 15 July 2010, 12:28   #15
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As a warm up for Sat I tested/checked all my lifejackets today. They get a good look over every few weeks as my kids wear them,( they all kept dry in the house too rather than left anywhere damp) but they got spray hoods fitted today and the lights checked (all ok except mine !) .

I even triggered one just to see and it worked fine too !
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Just remembered another very important thing I learned on this course: Don't forget to empty the pockets of your waterproofs - it's surprising what embarrassing things end up at the bottom of the swiming pool
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I did this course many moons ago in St Thomas in the virgin islands, had great fun, the highlight was jumping off a reasonably high diving board with the life jacket on. (Suppossed to simulate what it would be like jumping off a ship). Yes would recomend it.
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So just back . A great day and its amazing how much water you can trap in your sleeves/pockets etc!

If you haven't done it then you should. Not only worthwhile but good fun too.
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So just back . A great day and its amazing how much water you can trap in your sleeves/pockets etc!

If you haven't done it then you should. Not only worthwhile but good fun too.
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