What is the difference between Type 2 and Type 3 life jackets?

Boating safety is the number one priority for all boaters, which is why it’s important to know the difference between Type 2 and Type 3 life jackets.

Type 2 life jackets, also known as near-shore buoyancy vests, are designed for calm waters, typically found within a mile of shore. These life jackets offer a minimum buoyancy of 15.5 pounds and are intended to turn an unconscious person face up in the water. They are generally not recommended for rough waters or extended periods in the water due to the limited flotation.

Conversely, Type 3 life jackets, also known as flotation aids, are designed for a variety of water activities such as wakeboarding, canoeing, and kayaking. These life jackets are made for use in calm waters and offer minimum buoyancy of 15.5 pounds. They are intended to keep a conscious person afloat and require the person to actively swim and tread water.

Type 3 life jackets are available in different designs, including vests, jackets, and inflatable gear. They are often more comfortable and less restrictive compared to Type 2 life jackets.

Type 2 life jackets are necessary for near-shore boating activity in calm waters, while Type 3 life jackets are ideal for calm waters and a variety of water activities. Both types of life jackets are important to have on board for safety purposes and should be worn at all times when boating. Remember, safety should always come first when on the water!

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