TO YOUR YACHT
Inflatable or traditional foam lifejacket for your small fry?
Both types meet the specifications required by the EC standard ; they are self-righting and feature a large flotation pillow collar to support the child’s head efficiently and keep the airway out of the water.
• Inflatable lifejacket for children is always an automatic inflation type ; even if the child falls into the water unconscious or cannot swim, the lifejacket inflates automatically, by mere contact with the water.However, we tend to recommend inflatable jackets only for children aged 6 or 7 and above, i.e. an age when the child can swim a little and moves around the boat with a relative freedom of movement.An inflatable lifejacket is ideal for a child who is already acquainted with life on board and reasonably aware of danger ; less cumbersome than a foam jacket, it contributes to the child’s better freedom of movement and can thus have a positive effect on his/her involvement on board.
• For toddlers, and indeed for most children, we still recommend the traditional foam flotation lifejacket : your child is litterally «bundled up» in a protection shell. While its primary function is to provide flotation, its foam volume acts as a real bumper, protecting the child from hard knocks ; also, it definitely slows down the movements of an inquisitive and adventurous brood, which some parents may find comforting !
Last but not least, do not forget to surround your decks with netting : in addition to the lifejacket which is the bare essentials, the guardrail netting is a wise and simple precaution.
The child's weight is considered by the regulation as the criteria serving as a basis for buoyancy per size.
The age indication is given as a guide only, it is imperative that the child tries the lifejacket on before purchase.
To help understand the lifejacket categories
Lifejackets and buoyancy aids used in recreational or professional activities must comply with the specifications of the European Directive 89/686/CE on Personal Protective Equipment.
The CE mark of approval must be printed on the garment's label and testifies that the lifejacket complies with the European Directive. Lifejackets are ranked in 4 categories according to their use, performance ans buoyancy level.
|Use||Coastal sailing, beach/shore activities/ Suitable for good swimmers||Sheltered waters, inshore and coastal sailing||Open sea/blue water sailing||Open sea/blue water sailing.
Extreme conditions and professional use.
|Type of vessel||Canoe-kayak. windsurf, dinghy, water ski, jet ski, kitesurf, stand up paddle||Sail and power crafts||Sail and power crafts||Sail and power crafts
|Performance||Not self-righting||Self-righting: turns wearer** safely on his back within 10 seconds||Self-righting: turns wearer** safely on his back within 5 seconds||Self-righting: turns wearer** safely on his back within 5 seconds, user wearing heavy protecting clothing. Recommended for use with clothing that may trap air|
|Supports the head all around: on both sides of the head and at the back|
|Colour||One or several||Bright colour imposed||Bright colour imposed||Bright colour imposed|
|Reflecting material||Not required||100 cm2||300 cm2||300 cm2|
|Grab handle||Not required||Not required||Required||Required|
|Crutch strap||Not required||Recommended||Recommended||Recommended|
* Lifejackets used on board commercial or passengers vessels must meet the requiriments of Marine Equipment Directive 96/98 and SOLAS specifications
** most wearers
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