How to Fit
The default setting is for the Lifesaver to remain in its pouch on top of the bladder when the lifejacket inflates. And we now pack them with the end of the Lifesaver protruding from the bottom of the pouch so you can pass this through the lifting becket and then the entire Lifesaver, handle pouch and all, through this to obtain your strap hitch knot. The Lifesaver pouch is then slung off the oral inflation tube or adhered to the bladder of the lifejacket with the sticky on the back of the pouch.
To make sure you are attaching the Lifesaver to the lifting becket do check that it is sewn to the harness and is a stout piece of webbing. Often it will have ‘Lift here’ written on it. If in doubt contact a Lifejacket Service station, or chandler or the manufacturer, or give us a call on 01753 890555.
So that’s how to fit a Lifesaver in the way that we are now packing them.
Of course if you want the Lifesaver to fly out and float free then simply remove it from its pouch.
You may have a Lifesaver that is fully contained in its pouch and want to opt for the ‘Retained on the bladder’ option. So you will need to remove the Lifesaver from the pouch, take off the rubber band, then smooth out the Lifesaver and 4 or 5 inches up from from the end start coiling it round your hand, then take the band and place it round the Lifesaver. The band you will have will be too loose, so it needs a second turn round the Lifesaver. A third turn would be too tight as that will make it harder to pull out of the pouch.
Take the pouch and pull out the tongue, whether you are going to hang it off the oral inflation tube or not as we need to adjust the pouch to allow for a gap at the bottom.
Now push the tongue down and this will reveal a gap at the bottom of the pouch.
And now you are ready to strap hitch knot the Lifesaver to the lifting becket.
There may not be a sticky attached to the back of the Lifesaver and so if you want to attach the pouch to the bladder rather than hang it off the oral inflation tube, then a short strip of velcro will do the trick.
Don’t forget to add the Lifesaver Fitted tag to a convenient point on your lifejacket, a zip, or a buckle.
About your Lifesaver –
It is made from 3 metres of 3 mm brightly coated, HMPE (Dyneema) rope, which is hand spliced to form a loop. A handle is formed in one end to make it easy to grab with a boathook or by hand. Your Lifesaver will float on the water and it is incredibly strong. It will lift a weight of at least 2 tons, much more than the lifejacket will be able to lift.
About the pouch –
This is made from lifejacket bladder material. It is ‘T’ shaped with a long strip which has a hole in the end so you can hang this off the oral inflation tube if the lifting becket or strop and oral inflation tube are on the same side.
About the ‘Fitted’ tag –
This has a longer cord than you find on a normal zip tag in case you do not have a zip on your lifejacket and need to attach the tag to the ‘D’ ring or to any other point on your jacket, which may have a larger circumference than the hole in the end of a zipper.
…with a Lifesaver the casualty has their means of retrieval back on board stowed within their own lifejacket