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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

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?