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Safety Vests

How many life jackets do you need on your boat?

Per federal requirements:
All recreational vehicles must carry one wearable life jacket for each person on board. Any boat 16 feet and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable (Type IV) device. Life jackets should be worn at all times when the vessel is underway.
A life jacket can only save your life if you wear it!
Life jackets must be:
  • U.S Coast Guard approved (check the label).
  • In good and serviceable condition.
  • Appropriate size and type for the intended user.
  • Properly stowed.
Some items that are not required, but are a good idea to have with your life jacket are a whistle and emergency light.
Type I flotation device
Off shore life jacket
Provides the most buoyancy. It is effective for all waters, especially open, rough, or remote waters where rescue may e delayed. It is designed to turn an unconscious wearer to a face-up position in the water.
Type II flotation device
Near-Shore Buoyancy Vest
Intended for calm, inland waters or where there is a good chance of quick rescue. Inherently buoyant life jackets of this type will turn some unconscious wearers to a face-up position in the water, but the turning is not as pronounced as with a Type I. This type of inflatable turns as well as a type I foam jacket.
Type III flotation device
Flotation Aid
Good for users in calm, inland waters, or anywhere there is a good chance of quick rescue. The wearer may have to tilt their head back to remain in a face-up position in the water. The Type III foam vest has the same minimum buoyancy as a Type II. It comes in many styles, colors, and sizes and is generally the most comfortable type for continuous wear. Float coats, fishing vests, and vests designed with features suitable for various sports activities are examples of this type. This type of inflatable turns as well as a type II foam vest


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