|Illustrations of PFDs
||Descriptions of PFDs
||TYPE I: Offshore Life Jackets
These vests are geared for rough or
remote waters where rescue may
take awhile. They provide the most
buoyancy, are excellent for flotation,
and will turn most unconscious
persons face up in the water.
||TYPE II: Near-Shore Vests
These vests are good for calm waters
when quick rescue is likely. A Type
II may not turn some unconscious
wearers face up in the water.
||TYPE III: Flotation Aids
These vests or full-sleeved jackets are
good for calm waters when quick
rescue is likely. They are not recommended
for rough waters since they
will not turn most unconscious
persons face up.
||TYPE IV: Throwable Devices
These cushions and ring buoys are
designed to be thrown to someone
in trouble. Since a Type IV is not
designed to be worn, it is neither for
rough waters nor for persons who
are unable to hold onto it.
||TYPE V: Special-Use Device
These vests, deck suits, hybrid
PFDs, and others are designed for
specific activities such as windsurfing,
kayaking, or water-skiing. To be acceptable, Type V PFDs must be used in accordance with their label.