A PFD, or personal flotation device (another name for a life vest), is a must-have item of water sports gear. Some factors to consider when purchasing your PFD include:
- Certification: Look for life vests that are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. USCG approval means that the PFD meets USCG standards of impact and buoyancy.
- Material: Nylon life vests are less expensive, but neoprene models are more comfortable, and they may be worth the investment if you spend a lot of time enjoying water sports.
- Size: A PFD should fit snugly, but not so snug that it inhibits your movement.
- Kids: Young children and infants should wear life vests at all times in or around the water. The Jet Pilot Children’s S-1 Kids Neo Life Vest is USCG-approved, suitable for children weighing 30-50 pounds, and includes a handle on the back to make it easier to pick up a child from the water.
When selecting a PFD, it’s important to try on several styles to find the best fit for your body and your water sports activities. Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports store for expert advice and an extensive PFD selection.