A life jacket is an essential piece of safety gear for anyone who spends time on the water. However, not all life jackets are created equal. It is important to choose a life jacket that fits properly in order to ensure your safety.
Here are some tips on how to correctly fit a life jacket:
- Check your size. Life jackets are typically sized by weight and chest size. Check the size and weight guidelines printed on the inside of the life jacket to find the right size for you.
- Put on the life jacket. Put the life jacket on over your clothes and fasten the buckles. The life jacket should fit snugly around your chest and underarms. You should be able to move your arms freely, but the life jacket should not lift up when you move.
- Adjust the fit. Once the life jacket is on, adjust the straps until it is snug but comfortable. The life jacket should not be too tight or too loose.
- Test the fit. To test the fit, stand up and jump up and down. The life jacket should stay in place and keep your head above water.
If the life jacket does not fit properly, do not use it. A life jacket that is too loose will not be effective in keeping you afloat. A life jacket that is too tight can be uncomfortable and even dangerous.
Once you have found a life jacket that fits properly, you are ready to enjoy your time on the water. Remember to always wear your life jacket when you are boating, swimming, or fishing. A life jacket could save your life.
- When choosing a life jacket, consider the type of activities you will be doing. If you will be fishing or swimming in calm waters, a foam-filled life jacket may be sufficient. If you will be boating in rough waters, a hybrid or inflatable life jacket may be a better option.
- Inflatable life jackets come with a CO2 cartridge that inflates the jacket when it is submerged in water. Make sure you know how to use the cartridge and that it is in good working order.
- All life jackets should be inspected regularly for signs of wear and tear. Replace any life jacket that is damaged or has expired.
You can read more about Australian Life Jacket regulations on our information page here: AUSTRALIAN LIFE JACKET REGULATIONS
By following these tips, you can ensure that you have a properly fitted life jacket that will keep you safe on the water.