PADDLERsmart! Canada Knowledge Base
Module 02 - Boating Equipment
The flotation ability of your life jackets and PFDs should be tested at the start of the season, and on a regular basis throughout the season, even if they are new!
- STEP 1:
- Put on and properly fit the life jacket or PFD.
- STEP 2:
- Wade into chest deep water.
- STEP 3:
- Bend your knees and float onto your back.
- STEP 4:
- Ensure the life jacket or PFD keeps your chin above the water and permits proper breathing.
Remember: Children should also test their life jackets or PFDs to ensure proper fit and buoyancy. Have your child follow the same procedures, in a controlled environment under parental supervision.