Life Jacket Classification Guide:
Type I PFD - Off-Shore Life Jacket
This life jacket provides the most buoyancy and floats the best. It is reversible,
easy to put on and designed to turn most people who are unconscious in the
water from the face-down position to an upright and slightly backward position.
It is effective in all types of water, especially where rescue is delayed. It
comes in 2 sizes: adults more than 90 pounds and kids less than 90 pounds.
Type II PFD - Near-Shore Buoyancy Vest
This life jacket is intended for calm, inland water or where a quick rescue is
possible. Will turn some unconscious wearers to a face-up position in the water
although the turning is not as definite as with a Type I PFD. This life jacket comes
in several comfortable sizes and styles.
Type III PFD - Flotation Aid
Good for conscious wearers in calm, inland water or where a quick rescue is
possible. Type III foam life vest offers same minimum buoyancy as Type II PFD, comes
in many colors and sizes, and is most comfortable for continuous wear.
Type IV PFD - Throwable Device
Intended for calm, inland water with heavy boat traffic wear rescue is always
possible. Designed to be thrown to a conscious person in the water to be held
by user until rescued. Type IV devices include buoyant cushions, ring buoys and
horseshoe buoys. They are not designed to be worn.
Life jackets, vests, and life preservers should never be substitutes for good
judgment and adult supervision.