Approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) may be used instead of lifejackets on all pleasure craft, regardless of length. This includes inherently buoyant and inflatable PFDs.
- PFDs are designed to be more comfortable than lifejackets. This is a benefit when you plan to wear a flotation device constantly while boating.
- Not all PFDs are red, orange, or yellow. It is a good idea to choose one of these colours, however, so that you are more visible when in the water.
- PFDs usually offer less flotation than lifejackets and have a limited capability to turn you on your back if you fall in the water.
- Some PFDs provide thermal protection against hypothermia.
- All adult-size inherently buoyant PFDs are designed to be worn by persons who weigh more than 41 kg (90 lbs). They range in size from XXS to XXXL.
Choose a PFD based on what you will be doing while wearing it.
- PFDs that have three or more chest belts will be more secure if you will be operating at high speeds.
- PFDs with thermal protection are a good choice if you will be boating in water that is less than 15°C.
- PFDs are available for specific activities, including canoeing, kayaking, sailboarding, and water skiing.