Personal Flotation Devices FLOTATION KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER
Personal Flotation Devices + Will float a person face up position - Usually uncomfortable and bulky - May not float a person in a face up position + Workability Life Jacket versus PFD
Personal Flotation Devices PFD’s must be approved by: 1. Transport Canada 2. Canadian Coast Guard.
Personal Flotation Devices PFDs Come in many sizes, styles and colours Provide minimum of 15 lbs. of flotation
Personal Flotation Devices Floater Jackets provide flotation Give limited protection from the elements.
Personal Flotation Devices Anti-Exposure Suit Gives improved protection from the elements. Provides workability
Personal Flotation Devices Work vest type Reflective tape on shoulders. None or minimal protection from the elements
Personal Flotation Devices Work vest type WCB Approved More flotation Reflective tape None or minimal protection from the elements
Personal Flotation Devices Child size Must be right size Crotch strap Lifting strap
Personal Flotation Devices Inflatable PFDs Automatic inflation or manual. Not approved for PWC operation Special purpose applications
Personal Flotation Devices Choice of Colour Which suit would be most visible on a dark night in the water?
Personal Flotation Devices Choosing the right PFD *What is the main marine activity? * *Boating, (Power or Sail) *Commercial Vessel operation *Canoe or Kayak *Personal Water Craft or Windsurfing *Search and Rescue COMFORT, WEAR AND WORK ABILITY MUST BE OF APPROPRIATE SIZE
Personal Flotation Devices Taking Care of your PFD Do not dry clean or machine wash Wash with mild detergent only Air dry - away from direct heat and do not put in dryers. Clean off oil or grease immediately.
Personal Flotation Devices Taking Care of your PFD Check straps regularly for wear and tear. Check buckles and fasteners Keep zippers free Do not make alterations
Personal Flotation Devices Select the appropriate type of PFD for your boating activity. Ensure proper fit for all occupants of your vessel. Wear it properly Summary I’ve got mine on, where’s yours?
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