How to Choose a Life Jacket

Understanding The Different Types Of Life Jackets

We must not confuse life jacket and a buoyancy aid vest . These only help buoyancy and need to know how to swim, while life jackets allow the reversal of the person on the back, and inhale if it is found unconscious.

There are two types of life jackets: foams and air.
Both are equally effective, but the air will be recommended for regular use because it offers great freedom of movement.

To be useful, the life jacket must be worn all the time and not stay in the boat! For safety, it is imperative to focus on your shift jacket and harness.

The Safety Standards Of The Lifejacket

Used as male sportswear, each life jacket sold in Europe must comply with current standards and carry the CE mark , showing it has been tested and approved.
The standards validate the minimum buoyancy that is indicated in Newton (N), and the turning with the maintenance on the back of an unconscious person (airway open). your life jacket must be normalized to 100 newton minimum, be  equipped with a whistle and reflective strips to facilitate your registration in case  of accident.

These jackets are designed to ISO 12402, available depending on the buoyancy:
-12402-4 for 100 N;
-12402-3 for 150 N;
-12402-2 to 275 N.

Namely: 10 Newtons correspond to 1.01 kg buoyancy force.

Special life jackets:

To ensure the reversal of an unconscious person, life jackets have a shape with an asymmetrical volume. That is to say more foam (or air) on one side, with respect to each other.

The Choice of His Life Jacket

In addition to choosing the type of vest (foam or air), the choice also will depend on your weight . Think there  of sizes and it is essential to respect so that your jacket is the most effective.

The foam lifejacket

The foam vest is as effective as inflatable vest. There are many models that differ in their fastening systems.

The Inflatable Lifejacket

Inflatable life jackets are composed of a CO2 cartridge to inflate the vest in less than 10 seconds after a manual or automatic percussion.
We do not recommend using manual vests we feel unsafe at the fall in the water of a person who lost consciousness.
the major advantage of the self-inflating vest is its small size which will give you great freedom of movement.

Namely: a mouthpiece present on all jackets to inflate the tube to the mouth and also allows deflation after use.

Safety Features of your Vest

The equipment to aid identification is required on your vest is:  – A whistle attached so that its use is done without difficulty;- The presence of reflective tape.
Then you can complete your security held:

-Adding to your vest, electric light source and (or) Chemical (cyalume). Permanently attached, it must be able to light during a dozen hours-using a harness and lanyard, including practice in difficult conditions: night sailing and / or alone. On some models, the harness is integrated. This set allows to remain permanently hooked to the boat. Be careful not to use this material as a harness to mount masthead!

The Care Instructions of your Lifejacket

Life jackets have a limited life because they suffer many attacks: ultraviolet radiation, sea salt, abrasion, compression …
To increase their life remember to rinse after each use and, dry them quickly.

Little tip for inflatable models: remove the inflation system, rinse, dry the vest and reassemble the system.

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