A little Life Jacket Knowledge
Also Known As: Offshore Life Jacket
Offers: 22 lbs. bouyancy
Most Typically Used For: Open, rough or remote water, where rescue may be slow coming.
Pros: Floats you the best. Turns most unconscious wearers face up in the water. Highly visible color.
Sizing: Two sizes to fit most children and adults.
Also Known As: Near Shore Bouyant Vest
Offers: 15.5 lbs. bouyancy
Most Typically Used For: Calm inland water or where there is a good chance of a fast rescue.
Pros: Will turn many unconscious wearers face up in the water. Less bulky, more comfortable than Type I.
Cons: Not for long hours in rough water. Will not turn some unconscious wearers face up in water.
Sizing: Infant, Child-small, Child-medium, Adult
Also Known As: Flotation Aid
Offers: 15.5 lbs. buoyancy
Most Typically Used For: Calm, inland water or where there is a good chance of fast rescue.
Pros: Generally the most comfortable. Freedom of movement for water skiing, small boat sailing, fishing, etc. Available in many styles, including vests and flotation coats.
Cons: Not for rough water. Wearer may have to tilt head back to avoid face down position in water.
Sizing: Many individual sizes from child small to adult.
Also Known As: Throwable Device
Most Typically Used For: Calm, inland water with heavy boat traffic, where help is always nearby.
Pros: Can be thrown to someone. Good back up to wearable PFD. Some can be used as seat cushions.
Cons: Not for unconscious persons. Not for nonswimmers or children. Not for many hours in rough water.
Kinds: Cushions, rings, and horseshoe buoys.