Life jackets should be tested for buoyancy at the start of each season and regularly throughout the rest of the season. Even new ones!
How to Test Your Life Jacket:
Step 1: Put on and correctly secure the life jacket—is it the right size for you?
Step 2: Wade into chest deep water.
Step 3: Bend your knees and float onto your back.
Step 4: Make sure the life jacket keeps your chin above the water and allows you to breathe comfortably.
Step 5: Stand up and reach above your head—if the life jacket hits your nose, it’s too big for you.
Children should also test their life jackets. Make sure this happens in a controlled environment under parental supervision.