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TESTING YOUR LIFE JACKETS

 

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.

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