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An overview of life jacket laws in California

Posted Dec 31 2012 2:34am
North Face Windstopper Jacket Blue Black California is full Cheap North Face Jacket of every kind of waterway imagineable, from creeks and ponds to wild rivers and vast lakes;fromfacing the seemingly endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean; to navigating mysterious underground waterways of our caverns and cave systems, California offers it all! One would think that life jacket laws in California would be the most extensive possible, and they are, thanks to the supervision and guidance of the US Coast Guard standards for life vests, called "Personal Flotation Devices", or PFD. All vessels must have at least one Type I, II, III, or IV type personal floatation device aboard north face hoodie. They must be US Coast Guard approved, of the right size for each person on board. In addition to the above PFD's, for vessels that are 16 feet or longer, at least one US Coast Guard approved Type IV PFD must be aboard. Kayaks and canoes are excepted from the requirement for a type IV PFD. Children who are 12 years old or less, and in a vehicle that is 26 feet long or less, a US Coast Guard approved PFD is reaquired. Exceptions are:when they are tethered to a sailboat or inside an enclosedcabin. For persons who are 16 years or older, US Coast Guard approved inflatable PFD's are allowed. These PFD's must be wearable, and are activated or inflatable by BOTH oral and pull inflation features. For Personal watercraft, including anyonebeing towed behind another vessel or onboard a "jet ski", a person must wear a Type I, II, II, or V PFD. Persons using anunderwater maneuvering device, or diveboard, is not required towear a PFD. TYPES OF PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES TYPE I: These are for the roughest water, and for when rescue is expected to take a long time. They have the most buoyancy and most hope of turning an unconscious person face up north face slippers. These are calledOFF SHORE LIFE VESTS. TYPE II: For calm waters where quick rescue is likely. Less buoyancy than a Type I vest, and good, but less hope of turning an unconscious person face up. These are called NEAR SHORE VESTS. TYPE III: These are for calm water where quick rescue is likely. They are not recommended for rough water. They do not promise turning for mostunconscious persons, and are used for skiiers and jet skiers. Some of them will inflate when the wearer hits the water. These are called FLOTATION AIDS. TYPE IV: These are pads, rings,and buoys that are thrown into the water for a person who can reach and hang onto them. They are definitely not for rough water, or for individuals who cannot grab and hang onto them. These are called THROWABLE DEVICES, NOT WEARABLE. TYPE V: This category included deck suits, hybrid PFD's, special sports and special use devices. They are required to be fitted, used,and worn as the label instructs. For new or unfamiliar special useproducts, it is best to check with the US Coast Guard to see if they will do the job! These are called SPECIAL USE DEVICES. The link below provides all of the details and has illustrations of all of the devices. California Department of Boating and Waterways: PFD's.

 

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