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PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES. 2008. CANADIAN COAST GUARD AUXILIARY - PACIFIC. Personal Flotation Devices. FLOTATION KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER. + Will float a person face up position - Usually uncomfortable and bulky. - May not float a person in a face up position + Workability.

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personal flotation devices

PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES

2008

CANADIAN COAST GUARD AUXILIARY - PACIFIC

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Personal Flotation Devices

FLOTATION

KEEPING

YOUR HEAD

ABOVE WATER

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+Will float a person face up position

-Usually uncomfortable and bulky

-May not float a person in a face up position

+ Workability

Personal Flotation Devices

Life Jacket versus PFD

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Personal Flotation Devices
  • PFD’s must be approved by:

1. Transport Canada

2. Canadian Coast Guard.

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Personal Flotation Devices

PFDs Come in many sizes, styles and colours

Provide minimum of 15 lbs. of flotation

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Personal Flotation Devices
  • Floater Jackets provide flotation
  • Give limited protection from the elements.
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Personal Flotation Devices
  • Anti-Exposure Suit
  • Gives improved protection from the elements.
  • Provides workability
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Personal Flotation Devices
  • Work vest type
  • Reflective tape on shoulders.
  • None or minimal protection from the elements
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Personal Flotation Devices
  • Work vest type
  • WCB Approved
  • More flotation
  • Reflective tape
  • None or minimal protection from the elements
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Personal Flotation Devices

Child size

  • Must be right size
  • Crotch strap
  • Lifting strap
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Personal Flotation Devices

Inflatable PFDs

  • Automatic inflation or manual.
  • Not approved for PWC operation
  • Special purpose applications
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Personal Flotation Devices

Choice of Colour

Which suit would be most visible on a dark night in the water?

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Personal Flotation Devices

Choosing the right PFD

  • What is the main marine activity?
          • * Boating, (Power or Sail)
  • *Commercial Vessel operation
  • *Canoe or Kayak
  • *Personal Water Craft or Windsurfing
  • *Search and Rescue

COMFORT, WEAR AND WORK ABILITY MUST BE OF APPROPRIATE SIZE

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Personal Flotation Devices

Taking Care of your PFD

  • Do not dry clean or machine wash
  • Wash with mild detergent only
  • Air dry - away from direct heat and do not put in dryers.
  • Clean off oil or grease immediately.
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Personal Flotation Devices

Taking Care of your PFD

  • Check straps regularly for wear and tear.
  • Check buckles and fasteners
  • Keep zippers free
  • Do not make alterations
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Personal Flotation Devices

Summary

  • Select the appropriate type of PFD for your boating activity.
  • Ensure proper fit for all occupants of your vessel.
  • Wear it
  • properly

I’ve got mine on,

where’s yours?

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