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How To Choose a
Life Jacket For Your
Boating Trips | All
About PFDs
Life Saving
+ Life jackets are essential for
water activities such as
recreational boating, kayaking,
inflatable boating and canoeing
What are
PFDs?
A life jacket is a personal
flotation device that is available
in a variety of shapes, colors,
sizes and materials
Some life jackets are robust and
durable, while others are made
to protect against cold water
No matter which life jacket you
choose, make sure that the right
one offers the right level of
safety for you
The Importance of Life Jackets
A life jacket or personal floating device is the most important piece
of equipment on your boat, and the most important consideration is
size
More than two thirds of boat deaths are drowning victims and 90% of
drowning victims do not wear life jackets
Buy a life jacket that you can wear anywhere because it can save
your life
PFDs and the
Law
Federal law requires all boats to be
equipped with at least one portable life
jacket for each passenger on the boat,
including types I, II and III
The goal is simple: the style, fit and
method of use of the life jacket
influence how well your PFD performs
the task it is supposed to perform
Life jackets, life jackets and ski vests all
have their common names, but a PFD
is a personal floating device
PFD Label
A life jacket must be approved by the US Coast Guard or the government in
your country or region
Type II jackets are designed to turn an unconscious person face up in the water
The offshore vest provides a lot of buoyancy and freedom of movement, while
the wearer of the seat belt is tied to a jacket to stay connected to the boat
The second style, similar to Watersports PFD, adapts to a comfortable and
secure fit so that the vest remains in position even when entering the water
Features of PFDs to look for
+ Note: If your boat is over 16 feet long, federal law requires that
you have at least one type of lifejacket for each person in your
boat
Getting the Correct Sizing and Fit
It is important that you invest in the right life jacket before you take to
the water
At the very least, the wrong size can be uncomfortable to wear and
restrict movement, which is not ideal
When it comes to buying the right PFD life jacket, it is important to
remember that you are looking for a device that fits your chest size,
not your weight
PFD
Classification
Life Jackets For Adults
Life Jackets For Kids
Life Jackets For Dogs
Type I: Offshore Life Jacket
Type II: Near-Short Buoyant Vest
Type III: Flotation Aid
Type IV: Throwable Device
Type V: Special Use Device

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All about life jackets and PFDs

  • 1. How To Choose a Life Jacket For Your Boating Trips | All About PFDs
  • 2. Life Saving + Life jackets are essential for water activities such as recreational boating, kayaking, inflatable boating and canoeing
  • 3. What are PFDs? A life jacket is a personal flotation device that is available in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes and materials Some life jackets are robust and durable, while others are made to protect against cold water No matter which life jacket you choose, make sure that the right one offers the right level of safety for you
  • 4. The Importance of Life Jackets A life jacket or personal floating device is the most important piece of equipment on your boat, and the most important consideration is size More than two thirds of boat deaths are drowning victims and 90% of drowning victims do not wear life jackets Buy a life jacket that you can wear anywhere because it can save your life
  • 5. PFDs and the Law Federal law requires all boats to be equipped with at least one portable life jacket for each passenger on the boat, including types I, II and III The goal is simple: the style, fit and method of use of the life jacket influence how well your PFD performs the task it is supposed to perform Life jackets, life jackets and ski vests all have their common names, but a PFD is a personal floating device
  • 6. PFD Label A life jacket must be approved by the US Coast Guard or the government in your country or region Type II jackets are designed to turn an unconscious person face up in the water The offshore vest provides a lot of buoyancy and freedom of movement, while the wearer of the seat belt is tied to a jacket to stay connected to the boat The second style, similar to Watersports PFD, adapts to a comfortable and secure fit so that the vest remains in position even when entering the water
  • 7. Features of PFDs to look for + Note: If your boat is over 16 feet long, federal law requires that you have at least one type of lifejacket for each person in your boat
  • 8. Getting the Correct Sizing and Fit It is important that you invest in the right life jacket before you take to the water At the very least, the wrong size can be uncomfortable to wear and restrict movement, which is not ideal When it comes to buying the right PFD life jacket, it is important to remember that you are looking for a device that fits your chest size, not your weight
  • 9. PFD Classification Life Jackets For Adults Life Jackets For Kids Life Jackets For Dogs
  • 10. Type I: Offshore Life Jacket Type II: Near-Short Buoyant Vest Type III: Flotation Aid Type IV: Throwable Device Type V: Special Use Device