BE SURE YOU AND YOURS HAVE LIFE JACKETS AND NOT BUOYANCY JACKETS.
The difference is crucial if you are in a boating accident and fall overboard.
On many websites, including Trademe I have seen buoyancy jackets for sale listed as Life Jackets. I bought this to the attention of the seller and Trademe.
Buoyancy Jackets will keep you afloat as long as you move your arms and keep your head up, but if you don’t or can’t, unless you are rescued early the sea could well claim you.
If you have a jacket check with the local dive or sports shop, who should be able to tell you if it is a life jacket or buoyancy jacket.
It seems the life saving quality is based on Newton range That is, 50Nis simply a buoyancy jacket that you would wear in calm shallow waters. It is not a lifejacket.
100N is the same though you can wear this in different conditions.
150N is a life jacket with a special thick collar that keeps your head out of the water without you swimming or attempting to keep a float.
200N has the life saving collar that keeps your head above water, even if you are unconscious
250N is, is I believe, the top of the range life jacket, the one your children should wear at all times.
Whilst the information given here is meant to help, nothing will help you more than getting it from the experts in boating and water sports.
Please don’t leave to chance, your child will be safe in their buoyancy jackets, especially younger children.
I urge you to read more on this vital subject. Here are 3 links to tell you a lot more than I can.
By Anne Freeman at TopNotch Agents
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