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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.
Inherently buoyant PFD

Inherently buoyant PFD

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