Utah Boating Safety Course


INFLATABLE PFDs

Inflatable PFDs are available in Types I, II, III and V. Only Type IV PFDs — throwable devices — do not come in inflatable form. It is important to note that inflatable PFDs are not inherently buoyant and will not float without inflation. This means that inflatable PFDs must be worn in order to meet legal requirements. Though inflatable PFDs are comfortable, they are not authorized for children under the age of 16 or advised for individuals who cannot swim. Regularly check and replace spent cartridges. Inflatable PFDs are not meant for waterskiing, riding personal watercraft or whitewaterfrothing white-tipped water caused by the presence of turbulence, whitecaps, rapids, etc. paddling. An inflatable PFD requires regular maintenance.


Inflatable PFDs

INFLATABLE BELT PACK

Inflatable Belt Pack

Pull on the inflation cord

Inflatable Belt Pack

The vest will inflate.

Inflatable Belt Pack

Adjust to fit.

INFLATABLE VEST

Inflatable Vest

Make sure the vest is properly fastened

Inflatable Vest

Pull on the inflation cord

Inflatable Vest

The vest will inflate

SERVICING YOUR INFLATABLES

Replace the CO2 cartridges with new ones immediately after the cartridge is spent. An inflatable PFD loses buoyancy with even a small tear or leak. Therefore, boaters must check inflatables frequently for leaks. Simply blow the inflatable up manually and leave it overnight before a boating trip to check for small leaks and tears.

INFLATABLES ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR HIGH-SPEED IMPACT AND MUST BE INSPECTED REGULARLY FOR SPENT CARTRIDGES AND EXCESSIVE WEAR.