Choose the right life vest
Today there are life jackets for all uses and tastes – development is progressing all the time! Did you know that 90 percent of those who are drowning miss life jackets??In addition, most of the accidents actually happen on calm waters from small boats. For the usual sea life there are three different kinds of life jackets, here’s a short guide:
Inflatable rescue jackets are both flexible and have high lifting power; designed to turn a person right into the water. The vests are available with manual or automatic inflation. The latter option is what is often recommended by manufacturers and marine rescue for regular boating. Both variants are blown up by a built-in carbon dioxide cartridge, and the automatic version also has a sensor that activates gas inflation immediately when the west gets into water.
In all inflatable vests, the cartridge must be replaced after each blow up and on the automatic shells the sensor will also be replaced. It is recommended that you look over the vest at regular intervals so that you can be sure it works when needed.
The rescue vest have reflexes and a whistle to attract attention. The large floating elements on the front of the west help turn an unconscious person right into the water and the collar holds his head so that the mouth and nose are above the water surface. It is a must for small children and non-swimmers
Sailing and fishing vests are for those who can swim and want to move smoothly and easily. Unlike a life vest, it has no collar and does not help a unconscious person right in the water. These vests are available in a variety of designs, ranging from the classic all-round vests to those designed to look like ordinary down vests or jackets and other designed to suit special activities such as water skiing or dinghying.
It is a matter of course that everyone is always wearing the vests when sailing or riding a motorboat. There must also be the right kinds of life vests on board for the whole crew.