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Jacket Standards

 Lifejacket types in the United States And Canada

The United States Coast Gaurd gives the following information about Class I, II, III, and V lifejackets:

 Type I PFDs / Off-Shore Life Jackets

 This type of life jacket is best for all waters, open ocean, rough seas, or remote water, where rescue may be slow coming. Appropriate for commercial abandon-ship situations for commercial vessels and all vessels carrying passengers for hire, as well as recreational boating.

  • Inherently Buoyant Type I PFDs - SOLAS Service
  • Inherently Buoyant Type I PFDs - U.S. Service
  • Inflatable Type I PFDs - SOLAS and Domestic
  • Hybrid Type I PFDs - US Services

 Type II PFDs / Near-Shore Buoyant Jackets

 This type of life jacket is best for general recreational boating activities in calm, inland waters, or where there is a good chance for fast rescue:

  • Inherently Buoyant Type II PFDs
  • Inflatable Type II PFDs
  • Hybrid Type II PFDs

 Type III PFDs / Flotation Aids

 This type of life jacket is best for general recreational boating or specialized activity that is marked on the device such as water skiing, hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and others. Good for calm, inland waters, or where there is a good chance for fast rescue. Designed so that wearing it will complement boating activities:

  • Inherently Buoyant Type III PFDs
  • Inflatable Type III PFDs
  • Hybrid Type III PFDs

 Type V PFDs / Special use devices

 This type of life jacket is used only for special uses or conditions. Instructions and limits should be followed according to the label on the life vest or device.

  • Hybrid Inflatable PFDs
  • Canoe/Kayak Vest
  • Boardsailing Vests
  • Deck overalls
  • Work Vests for Commercial Vessels
  • Commercial Whitewater Vests
  • Man-Overboard Rescue Devices
  • Law Enforcement Flotation Devices

 

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