Suiting Up-Knowing Your Life Jacket

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#1. If you are an experienced boater and a strong swimmer, there is a low risk of drowning.

Drowning is always possible and has nothing to do with competency or experience

#2. A life jacket is designed to keep your head above water and let you maintain a position that allows proper breathing should you fall in.

This is especially true of Type 1 life vests.

#3. What is a good example of a throwable flotation device?

#4. Life jackets restrict movement on the boat and can interfere with your boating activities.

Personal Flotation Devices are comfortable and can be worn over bathing suits or clothing. It is often too late to try to put on a life jacket once you have fallen overboard.

#5. Life jackets used by water skiers are appropriate for boaters as well since any life jacket will save your life on the open seas.

No, there are different types of life vests for different activities. A life jacket used by a water skier will not turn the unconscious swimmer into a face up position, and will not help the boater keep his head above the water especially in the open seas.

#6. Which life vest is recommended for the open seas and rough waters?

This can be used for adults and children. It is recommended for open sea travel where there is a potential that rescue will be delayed.

#7. Wearing a life jacket is a sign of fear and a lack of confidence.

Refusing to wear a life jacket is a sign of ignorance.

#8. A life jacket needs to support all of my weight.

No, a life jacket simply needs to displace enough water to keep your head out of the water. Your body is already naturally buoyant in the ocean.

#9. A life jacket needs to support all of my weight.

No, a life jacket simply needs to displace enough water to keep your head out of the water. Your body is already naturally buoyant in the ocean.

#10. If you are in shallow water or close to shore, there is no need to wear a life jacket while on a boat.

Drowning can occur in both shallow and deep water.

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