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Last update: 31 May 2024

Life Raft Certification


2022-04-01 19:36:36 UTC

Island: Tahiti

GPS Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude in decimal degrees):

Latitude: -17.527514

Longitude: -149.527573

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Nautisport have a big life raft and dinghy service centre. It’s 6km from the marina. Station de Survie Nautisport, Servitude Vaimoana Rd, Arue. They service and certify life rafts for aircraft commercial boats as well as yachts.

Nautisport has a dedicated team for life rafts. Not cheap.

3-2022 SV Sugar Shack 
Terangi and Aldo
+689 40 45 48 85

From downtown, take the main road toward (Arue/Point Venus). Just past Brassier (B3) turn right. Take this road to Arue. Once in Arue, you will see a SHELL gas station, then a Tahiti Pas Cher on your right. (It is across from the monument "Tomb of King Pomaver V"). Turn right on the dirt road (immediately past Tahiti Pas Cher). The dirt road dead ends into a warehouse, turn left and then make an immediate right. Station de Survive Nautisport will be on the right. On GoogleMaps it is listed as "Station de Survie Nautisport".

We rented a car and drove our life raft to Nautisport. Terangi is really nice and speaks excellent English! He unloaded our life raft and immediately set to the inspection/servicing. We watched him inflate, make all checks and walk us through the life raft (it was new to us). We stayed about an hour and then left as he was testing air pressure and we did not need to see that. Two hours later we paid our bill $690 for our Viking 8-man offshore life raft service and certificate. The cylinder did not need to be replaced. Then we picked up our life raft. It was a very interesting and pleasant experience.

Nautisport will pick up and deliver the life raft if requested for an additional 3000f-4000f. It is totally worth seeing the process and the life raft inflated. I highly recommend renting a car (Eco car was $44/day).

Note: Clickable link for google maps is accurate