PFD SIZING AND AVAILABILITY
To ensure that a PFD fits properly, have the wearer put it on and adjust straps as necessary to make it fit snugly (Step 1). A properly fitted PFD will not ride higher than the wearer's ears or mouth. You should also test PFDs in shallow water to ensure they can hold your weight and that you can swim comfortably (Steps 2-4).
PFDS SHOULD BE WORN WHENEVER THE VESSEL IS IN OPERATION. HOWEVER, IF NOT WORN THEY MUST BE READILY ACCESSIBLE.* IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO HAVE TYPE IV, THROWABLE DEVICES, IN IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE AREAS, FREE OF WRAPPING AND PACKAGING, FOR USE IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.
*Readily accessible means easily located and retrieved without searching, delay or hindrance.