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Lifejackets

Lifejackets

Lifejackets come only in red, orange and yellow so you are much more visible while in water. Currently, there are three Canadian-approved types to choose from:

Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) lifejackets meet very high performance standards and are approved for all vessels. They:

  • will turn you on your back in seconds to keep your face out of the water, even if you are unconscious;
  • come in two sizes: for those over 32 kg (70 lbs.) and those less than 32 kg; and,
  • are available in comfortable and compact inflatable configurations that can be automatically, manually or orally inflated.

SOLAS lifejacket

Standard Type lifejackets are approved for all vessels, except SOLASvessels. They:

  • will turn you on your back to keep your face out of the water, even if you are unconscious; and,
  • come in two sizes: for those less than 40 kg (88 lbs.) and those greater than 40 kg.

standard type lifejacket

Small Vessel lifejackets are approved for small vessels. They:

  • have less flotation than Standard Type lifejackets;
  • will turn you on your back, but may do so more slowly;
  • come in two models: keyhole and vest; and,
  • come in three sizes.

Small vessel lifejacket

Future types and designs of lifejackets will improve their wearability and performance.