Off-Shore Life Jacket
This life vest is best for open, rough or remote water, or where rescue may
be slow coming. Provides the best floatation. Turns most unconscious
wearers face-up in the water. Inflatable Type I PFD's have two air chambers
and inflate automatically when submerged.
Near-Shore Buoyant Life Vest
Good for calm, inland waters or where rescue is likely to happen quickly.
Turns some unconscious wearers face-up in water. Inflatable Type II PFD's
inflate automatically when submerged and are suitable for many rough water
Usually the most comfortable life vest for continuous wear. Good for calm,
inland waters or where rescue is likely to happen quickly. Inflatable Type
III PFD's will keep unconscious wearers face-up in water after inflation.
Good for calm, inland water with heavy boat traffic where help is always
nearby. Device can be thrown to the wearer and some can be used as a
Special Use Device
Made for specific conditions and activities and to be used only for the
designated use. Some devices only approved when worn. Refer to PDF label on
device for limitations on use. Types include boardsailing vests, work vests
and hybrid PFD's.
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