Below is a brief description of each type of life jacket, their intended use and the. Currently, there aren't any Coast Guard approved Type I inflatable PFD's .
Types I, II or III may be inherently buoyant, that is, they will float without action by the wearer, or they may be inflatable (oral and manual inflation at a minimum), or a combination of both (hybrid). Currently, all USCG approved inflatable PFDs are Type IIIs with manual inflation.
Standard PFDs. These are PFDs that you'll see most recreational kayakers, canoers and stand up paddle boarders wearing. They look like a vest and rely on flotation material, often foam, to create buoyancy. These are labeled as Type III USCG-approved PFDs.
Learn the different PFD types and benefits of each including offshore life jacket, nearshore buoyant vest, flotation aid, throwable device, and special use devices.
Choosing the right floatation device for the activity your are planning to undertake
A lifejacket is NOT the same as a personal flotation device (PFD), although in many cases they look very similar. The terms "lifejacket" and "personal flotation .
Type II PFDs â€“ or near-shore buoyant vests â€“ are for calm and inland water where a. A few examples of a Type IV PFD are a buoyant cushion, a life ring, or a .