LIFEJACKETS & PFDs
it won't work if you don't wear it
90% of boat-related drownings are caused by not wearing a lifejacket or PFD. The simple act of wearing a lifejacket can save your life.
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs), unlike traditional lifejackets, are more comfortable because they are designed for constant wear. However, they do not generally offer the same level of protection as lifejackets for staying afloat and turning an unconscious person onto their back so you can breathe. PFDs are available in a wide range of approved types, sizes and colours, so it is important to choose one based on your needs and your boating activity.
Inflatable lifejackets have been designed for wearability. However if you decide that an inflatable best suits your boating needs, it is important that you understand its limitations, how to use it and how to care for it.
All inflatable PFDs have an oral inflation tube in case the CO2 inflation system fails. However, for weak swimmers, this might be hard to use when they are trying to keep their head above water. It is important to know that inflatable PFDs are not approved under the following conditions:
Content from Canadian Safe Boating Council. For more information on lifejackets, PFDs, and inflatables visit www.csbc.ca
There are many lifejackets and PFDs available for use for different water-related activities. Ensuring that you have the right lifejacket for the activity you are participating in is key to being safe out on the water. Click here to find out how to choose the right lifejacket for you.
Buying a lifejacket in hopes that your child will "grow into it" is something we often hear among parent groups. Choose a PFD that is comfortable and allows free movement, including walking and sitting. Try it on and do up all zippers and belts. Pull up on the collar to ensure it does not ride up and interfere with movement or breathing.
Loosening the straps or removing the lifejacket entirely reduces its effectiveness. Purchase a comfortable lifejacket or PFD and ensure to WEAR IT!
Treat your flotation device as an investment and take good care of it. Devices that are ripped or in poor condition are not considered approved.
Lifesaving equipment should never be kneeled on, sat on, or used as a fender for your boat. Follow these tips:
Lifejackets do not replace attentive supervision, but will keep a toddler or young child at the surface - which may give parents the seconds they need to save a life. Click here to learn more about water safety tips for young children.