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Lifejackets 101

Posted by: Area Tent & Canvas on 07/29/2011

So you ended up in the water unexpectedly, even if you are a lifeguard or excellant swimmer, it's always a great idea to make a lifejacket handy. Now which personal floatation device you may chose is always important decision but being proactive and having the right one is paramount to saving a life.
The U.S. Coast Guard has a number of categories for use on the water.
Type I--Offshore Lifejacket...for extended use in open water.
Type II--Near Shore Bouyant Vest...for calm inland water where rescue is quick.
Type III--Flotation Device...for use where comfort and ease of use is needed.
Type IV Throwable Device...to be thrown to a distressed person in the water.
Type V Special Use Lifejackets...designed for specific special uses (Oil Rigs, Rescue/Survial situations.
Type VI Inflatables...inflates in seconds to assist in uprighting a person.

So after you decide to purchase the right lifejacket for the situations you face...DON"T be afraid to wear them-ALWAYS!

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