Life Vest Classification Guide:
Type I PFD - Off-Shore Life vestThis life
vest 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 VestThis
life vest 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 vest
comes in several comfortable sizes and styles.
Type III PFD - Flotation AidGood 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 DeviceIntended 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 vests, jackets, and life preservers should never be
substitutes for good judgment and adult supervision.