There are too many tragedies on the water as a result of people not wearing life vests. Whether you are young, old, a seasoned swimmer, or someone who has never swam before, you need to wear a life vest. Here are some tips to help you pick the right vest for your age, body type, and activity.
Finding the proper type of vest
Using the wrong kind of vest can be just as dangerous as wearing no vest at all. It is a general rule that life vests that inflate automatically upon immersion, and vests that are already buoyant before for hitting the water are best for children. Adults may opt for a lighter life vest that inflates manually, but in the event that someone is knocked unconscious in the water, a vest that requires no action on the wearers part to work is the safest for everyone. You should also consider what activity you need you life jacket for. An activity where you could become submerged quickly–like water skiing or canoeing– may require a move heavy duty life vest than fishing or cruising.
Finding the proper fit
You want to make sure that the vest you use was intended to be worn by someone your size. Usually, a tag on the life vest will display these details. After you find a vest that feels right, you must make sure that it can be properly secured onto your body. A life vest that fits properly should not restrict arm movement, cause shortness of breath, or cover your chin or mouth. It may take a few tries to find the vest that is perfect for you, but you should take your time to find the proper fit.
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