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Boating water skiing and fishing are all great fun in the summer but to be safe you need to wear a Personal Flotation Device also called a PFD or a Life Jacket.
There are a wide variety of designs and flotation materials available in PFDs and Life Jackets.
A Life Jacket has more flotation than a PFD with the flotation material in the front and behind the neck.
The positioning of the flotation material will turn you and keep you floating face up in the water if you're unconscious.
Life Jackets must have an outer shell in Red Yellow or Orange.
PFDs are less bulky and have less flotation than a Life Jacket. They will keep you floating in water but are not designed to turn you face up in an emergency like a life jacket.
To get the right sizing check the manufacturer's recommendations. Adult life jackets will indicate a chest size and for children a weight indication will determine size.
Sizes will vary by brand and model so whatever your size or body type you'll be able to find one that fits.
It's important however to try the PFD on in for good fit and comfort. Make sure to loosen up all straps before you snap the buckles.
With closures snapped shut adjust the straps for the best fit.
If you can't get the closures done up with straps loose it's too small.
To check the fit of a PFD when it's in place and adjusted place your thumbs under the shoulder straps.
If you can lift it above your ears it's either too big or not adjusted properly.
Re-adjust and try again or choose another PFD.
Comfort is also essential. PFDs should fit snuggly but not bind or chafe.
If you're wearing a PFD for kayaking or canoeing make sure you have full freedom of motion.
A PFD will fit a child differently than an adult and a snug fit is particularly important for children
PFD's for small children have a crotch strap that prevents the vest to ride up over the child's head.
Children's PFDs also are equipped with head supports.
Children grow constantly so PFD's must be continually checked for proper fit and proper adjustments.
PFDs may contain different types of flotation technologies
Foam is the most reliable for both swimmers and non-swimmers. It can however be bulky.
An inflatable PFD is the slimmest and easiest to wear but it needs to be inflated before it will provide floatation.
A CO2 cartridge will inflate the PFD and is available in automatic or manual inflation types. This type of PFD is recommended for swimmers only.
And whatever type of style of PFD or Life Jacket you're looking for you'll always find the best selection...at Canadian Tire.