Personal Flotation Devices, also known as PFDs or Lifejackets, have the potential to save lives... that is, if you wear one.
An off shore life jacket is suited to all waters - especially open, rough waters, where a rescue can easily be delayed.
The near shore life jacket is best suited to calm inland waters where there is a good chance of an easy rescue.
Flotation Aids come in a wide variety of styles - but basically possess the same buoyancy as a Type II.
A throwable device is only intended to be used in calm, inland waters with high traffic, where help is available.
Some Deck Suits provide hyppothermic protection - while others are only approved when worn. Check the label!
Self-inflating PFDs are effective and comfortable.Pulling the "rip cord" activates a CO2 cartridge, which rapidly inflates the vest. Always replace your cartridges once they have been fired.