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It's the Law: Required Equipment for Your Vessel

When preparing to go out on a vessel, the operator must check that the legally required equipment is onboard. Check your local regulations.

Life Jackets (Personal Flotation Devices, or PFDs)

Types of Life Jackets (Personal Flotation Devices, or PFDs):

Pictures of PFDs: Descriptions of PFDs:
Type I personal flotation device TYPE I: Offshore Life Jacket
These vests are geared for rough or remote waters where rescue may take awhile. They are excellent for flotation and will turn most unconscious persons face up in the water.
Type II personal flotation device TYPE II: Near-Shore Vest
These vests are good for calm waters and fast rescues. Type II vests may lack the capacity to turn unconscious wearers face up.
Type III personal flotation device TYPE III: Flotation Aid
These vests or full-sleeved jackets are good for calm waters and fast rescues. They are not for rough waters since they will not turn a person face up. This type of life jacket (personal flotation device, or PFD) is generally used for water sports.
Type IV personal flotation device TYPE IV: Throwable Device
These cushions or ring buoys are designed to be thrown to someone in trouble. They are not for long hours in rough waters, non-swimmers or the unconscious.
Type V personal flotation device TYPE V: Special Use Device
These windsurfing vests, deck suits, hybrid life jackets and others are designed for specific activities, such as kayaking or water skiing, and usually must be worn to be accessible. These windsurfing vests, deck suits, hybrid life jackets and others are designed for specific activities, such as kayaking or water skiing, and usually must be worn to be accessible. To be acceptable, Type V life jackets must be used in accordance with their label.

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