Buoyancy Aid Definitions
Minimum Buoyant Force 11..2
A buoyancy aid worn on the body
Suitable for continuous wear. Designed to turn wearer to a safe floating position.
A lifejacket has a collar to support the head if the wearer is unconscious.
It may incorporate provisions for protection from hypothermia
Sheltered Waters Lifejacket
Minimum Buoyant Force 7.2 kg
For use in sheltered waters where early rescue may be anticipated
Sheltered waters lifejackets are designed to maintain the wearer in a safe
backwards inclined floating position.
Minimum Buoyant force 5.3 kg.
Intended to assist in supporting the wearer in water during short term immersion in smooth water. They are less bulky than a lifejacket, with less buoyancy to
allow more freedom for aquatic sports.
They may not be designed to turn the wearer to a safe floating position.
Minimum Buoyant force 5.3
A buoyancy aid, other than a life jacket or buoyancy vest, worn on the body and
intended for when the wearer is at risk of immersion in water. They provide the same buoyancy as a buoyancy vest, but they may not meet the requirements for lifejackets or buoyancy vests.
They may be designed to gain greater wearer acceptance.
Buoyancy aids should be inspected regularly and tested periodically
The inspection should determine that the outer covering is intact with attention given to the seams. Fastening devices should be inspected for security of
attachment and correct operation.
Buoyancy aids should be kept clean. Warm soapy water is the most suitable cleaning agent. Avoid contact with petroleum products and chemicals
When not in use buoyancy aids should be dried and stored out of direct sunlight,
away from any heat source, in a dry well ventilated place.