Personal Watercraft Safety Course

Personal Watercraft Safety Course

The most common types of life jackets used on PWC are Type III and Type V as shown here. Whatever the Type, always follow the manufacturer’s label for intended use. Type III, High-impact Flotation Aid. (15.5 lbs. buoyancy) Where: Good for calm, inland water or where there is a good chance of a fast rescue.

Advantages: Generally the most comfortable for continuous wear because of the freedom of movement for activities such as personal watercrafting, water skiing, paddling, small boat sailing, and fishing. Disadvantages: Not for extended use in rough water. Will not turn most unconscious wearers face up. Sizes: Many individual sizes from child to adult. Type V, High-impact Special Use Device. Where: Required to be worn for special uses or conditions. Advantages: Made for specific activity. Typical Type V life jackets that are used for PWC are designed

to help protect the user in case of an impact. Disadvantages: See label for limited use. Sizes: Many individual sizes from child to adult. To learn more about life jackets, consult the DBWwebsite.


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