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For more information about a lifejacket versus a personal flotation device (PFD) visit the Canada Red Cross website.
Lifejackets come in various sizes and are often customized for the recreational sport or leisure activity you are involved in. New options improve the level of comfort and provide a functional but safe solution if the fit requirements
Lifejacket options for different activities: www.wearalifejacket.com
Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) to suit your lifestyle and activities: www.smartboater.ca
A child’s PFD or lifejacket is NOT a substitute for adult supervision.
A suitable floatation device for children should have these features:
In Canada, there is not an approved lifejacket for babies under 9 kg (20lbs).
If you want your children to wear a lifejacket, set a good example and do the same. That means wearing a lifejacket at all times. Put it on before you leave the dock. If something happens, you will not have enough time to locate and put on a PFD, especially in dark, cold or windy conditions.