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FAQ

What size PFD should I o​rder?

The sizes listed below are the actual size of the garment. When sizing allow for a comfortable semi loose fit to allow you to wear a windcheater or jumper underneath in cooler weather.

To take a chest measurement, stand with your arms to your side and place the tape measure around the fullest part of your chest, under your arms. Ensure that the tape measure remains parallel to the ground and place two fingers between the tape measure and your body and check the length indicated. This is your chest measurement.

PFD size guide:
For all Jackets – Explorer, Pro, Pro Two Tone, Lite:

S = 95cm.   M = 102cm.   L = 108cm.   XL = 115cm.   XXL = 120cm.   3XL = 125cm.   5XL = 135cm.
For all Vests – Hi Vis, Active, Hunter, Industrial:

S/M = 102cm.   L/XL = 115cm.   2XL/3XL = 125cm.   4XL/5XL = 135cm.
For all Yokes – Yoke, Angler, Welders:

One size fits all from S to 3XL.

Can I order a StormRider PFD over the phone?

Yes – our office is open 9am to 5pm AEST Monday to Friday.  Note: We do not retail from our office address. All items are dispatched from our warehouse and no stock is held at our office.

Where are Service Agents located?

Contact details for authorised and accredited Service Agents are listed at the bottom of this page.

What guarantee do you offer?

PFDSales.com offers a 7 day money back guarantee (from date of delivery) on all StormRider PFD’s that we sell. If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase simply return the PFD to us in the same condition as delivered within 7 days of delivery and we will refund your purchase price (less freight costs). StormRider PFD’s are covered by a one year product warranty, then if serviced one more year. A warranty card supplied with the PFD needs to be completed and returned for registration.  Note: Refunds and exchanges can not be made on Re-Arming Kits.

What should I look for in a PFD?

  • When buying a PFD, make sure it is an approved product. “Complies” and “Meets” does not mean approved. StormRider series of PFD’s are fully approved Type 1 / Level 150 PFD’s certified to either standards 1512 Type 1 or 4758.1 150N (see below for certification details).
  • Seriously look at the design of the PFD from the aspect of how it is going to float you if you are unconscious. Be aware that your centre of gravity changes and you are more likely to float face down. StormRider PFD’s will turn you over to face upwards at an inclined angle.
  • Check the label to ensure that it is intended for your weight and size.
  • Ensure that the type of PFD that is applicable to the water/ boating activity you intend to engage in. StormRider PFD’s are Type 1 / Level 150 and are legal for full offshore use.
  • As PFD’s are meant to be worn over the duration of your activity, the weight, cut and design of the PFD is important to determine the comfort factor.
  • StormRider PFD’s are the only Personal Flotation Device that can legally be worn open (with the buckle fastened), and depending on the model are made from a breathable and stretchable fabric to ensure a perfect fit for the life of the jacket.

How long will my order take to be delivered?

If your required StormRider PFD model, size and colour is in stock your StormRider PFD may be dispatched same day. If not, we will dispatch within two to three working days. Delivery time depends on your location and we cannot guarantee a delivery time or date. If you require a PFD urgently please phone us and if possible we will dispatch via Express Post at an additional charge. We dispatch from Geelong, Victoria via Australia Post Registered Post or via Fastway Couriers and goods must be signed for upon delivery. Note: We do not retail from our office address. All items are dispatched from our warehouse and no stock is held at our office.

What safety standards do your PFD’s meet?

All StormRider inflatable PFD’s are:

Certified to either standards 1512 Type 1 or 4758.1 150N.
–  SIA Global 1512 Certification No. SMKH22105
–  SIA Global 4758.1 Certification No. SMKH25441
–  SIA Global EN150 12402-3:2006 Certification No. CEPPE20042
–  BSI 1512 Certification No. BMP555658 ID6007

A Type 1 / Level 150 PFD is a recognized PFD and provides a high level of buoyancy to keep the wearer in a safe floating position.

Fitted with a 33 gram CO2 cylinder, manual inflation tube, SOLAS reflective tape and a whistle.

Legal for offshore use.

Are your PFD’s suitable for children?

No. The minimum body weight recommendation for Type 1 / Level 150 inflatable PFD’s is 40kg. Children under this weight require suitably sized foam type PFD’s. Type 1 / Level 150 inflatable PFD’s are NOT suitable for use by children.

Can my StormRider PFD be cleaned?

Yes.  We recommend that you hand wash your StormRider PFD with cold soapy water then rinse and leave to dry out of direct sunlight. If fitted, remember to remove the auto-inflation bobbin prior to cleaning. DO NOT tumble dry your PFD and ensure your PFD is dry prior to storage.

What is “Softshell” jacket material?

Softshell is a bonded polafleece that is wind and weather resistant but allows for breathing. It offers comfort, warmth and the ability to stretch with you.

What do I do if I have used my PFD in an emergency situation?

Should you need to deploy your StormRider PFD we strongly recommend that you have your PFD serviced by a dealer/service agent (refer below) to ensure that the PFD is fully checked and ready for re-use.

How often ​do I need to service my PFD?

To ensure your safety, PFD’s must be self-serviced every 12 months for the first nine years of use with a major service by a service agent on the tenth year. To self check the bladder, orally inflate the bladder via the mouthpiece tube located on the left breast side and leave inflated overnight. Check for leaks and/or damage. To deflate the bladder, press on the mouthpiece valve using the top of the sealing cap. Check the CO2 cylinder for any corrosion, leakage or any possible damage and ensure that it is screwed in tightly. Visually check all belts and fastenings for damage. A downloadable service guide is available via the link at the bottom of all pages of this site.

What boating regulations apply in my state?

Recreational boating safety regulations differ for each Australian state and territory. For safety information relevant to your home state or territory please refer to the information provided by your local marine authority.

Do you ship to addresses outside of Australia?

No – we do not ship to overseas addresses. All prices listed are in Australian Dollars and include GST. The laws of the Commonwealth of Australia apply to all transactions conducted on and through this website.

Do CO2 cylinders have an expiry date?

No, though we recommend that the cylinders be inspected on a regular basis for corrosion, leakage, and any possible damage. Please refer to our service guide for further information (available via the link at the bottom of all pages of this site). Re-Arming Kits are available in the Accessories section of the Shop page of this website.   Note: Refunds and exchanges can not be made on Re-Arming Kits.

StormRider PFD’s can be serviced at the following accredited Service Agents:

Victoria

  • ACTION WATERSPORTS
    290 Princes Highway
    Corio VIC 3214
    Ph: (03) 5274 9049
    www.kayakandsail.com.au
  • SURVIVAL OFFSHORE SYSTEMS
    1/273 Williamstown Road
    Port Melbourne VIC 3207
    Ph: (03) 9646 5001
    www.survival.com.au
  • SURVIVAL OFFSHORE SYSTEMS
    3/77 Rodgers Street
    Yarram VIC 3971
    Ph: (03) 5182 6880
    www.survival.com.au
  • New South Wales

    DAVE ATTWOOD INFLATABLES
    Unit 1, 11 Wiltona Place
    Girraween NSW 2145
    Ph: (02) 9896 0223
    www.inflatableservice.com.au

  • WAGGA MARINE
    110 Hammond Avenue
    Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
    Ph: (02) 6921 2646
    www.waggamarine.com.au
  • RAINBOW PINES TOURIST CARAVAN PARK
    Lucas Street
    Old Adaminaby NSW 2629
    Ph: (02) 6454 2317
    www.rainbowpines.com.au
  • PDTA ALBURY
    274 Townsend Street
    Albury NSW 2640
    Ph: (02) 6041 1405
    www.profdivers.com
  • ACT / Southern NSW
    ACT INFLATABLE LIFEJACKET SERVICES
    14 Chevalley Loop
    Gordon ACT 2906
    Ph: 0400 078 770
    www.lifejacketservicing.com.au
  • Queensland

    MARINESAFE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    21 Rowland Street
    Springwood QLD 4127
    Ph: (07) 3808 1988
    www.marinesafe.com.au

  • NQEA MARINE SAFETY
    182 Scott Street
    Cairns QLD 4870
    Ph: (07) 4052 7381
    www.nqea.com.au
  • WILTRADING TOWNSVILLE
    10-12 Cannan Street
    South Townsville QLD 4810
    Ph: (07) 4789 7300
    www.wiltrading.com.au
  • South Australia

    CAUSON HAVOC BAIT & TACKLE
    78b Sea Parade
    Port MacDonnell SA 5291
    Ph: (08) 8738 2988
    www.causonhavocbaitandtackle.com.au

  • EYRE PENINSULA FIRE & SAFETY
    47 Edinburgh Street
    Port Lincoln SA 5606
    Ph: (08) 8683 4744
    www.epfireandsafety.com.au
  • Western Australia

    SURVIVAL OFFSHORE SYSTEMS (WA)
    2/9 Adams Street
    O’Connor WA 6163
    Ph: (08) 9314 1022
    www.survival.com.au

  • Northern Territory

    WILTRADING DARWIN
    Unit 16 Winngate Centre, Stuart Hwy
    Winnellie NT 0821
    Ph: (08) 8947 2882
    www.wiltrading.com.au

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