PFDs are a personal flotation device used while swimming or water. PFDs are life-saving devices that help a person to float. Following are the different types of PFDs. You can use it according to the situation or activity.
These types of jackets are for open and rough sea. Offshore life jacket above 20 pounds of buoyancy, its special design turns an unconscious person face-up. These jackets use where rescue takes time to reach.
Type II PFDs are the ones commonly used in calm waters such as pools, canals, shores or inland water. These type II PFDs have floatation of 15.5 pounds to 33 pounds.
These PFDs are more comfortable than type 1 and easy to wear. These PFDs are favourable to wear where rescue easily reached.
PFDs are the ideal option for daily workers such as sailors, cargo workers and sportsman where rescue is easily available,
These PFDs are more comfortable and easier to wear. A wearer can move around and work easily.
It has a floatation capacity of around 15.5 to 22 pounds. It’s not self-adjusted to face-up. That’s why these PFDs are not effective for an unconscious person as they cannot hold a face upward.
These PFDs are throwable devices used for a conscious person. It helps a person to float. These PFDs are only useful where rescue can easily reach.
These PFDs are available in many designs, such as ring buoy, horseshoe and floatable cushions. These PFDs have a floatation of 16 pounds or more than depending on the design.
These types of PFDs are customized depending on the activity. These usually come with labels that specify the activity they are intended for.
These PFDs has approval label on jacket for specific activities.