Originally Posted by mikefp60
Child size auto inflate PFD
with D rings and a safety line. West Marine
, McGregors etc.. All carry this type of product. Get ones with fleece in the back of the neck or they will hate them and not want to wear them. Not cheap, but peace of mind.
It's my understanding that autoinflate PFDs are only approved for people over 16. If the kids are young enough to be required by law to wear a PFD, an autoinflate one, even if it fit properly, would not be legal
. I had this discussion a couple years ago with a member
of the Coast Guard Auxilliary who does the Vessel Saftey Checks. My kids are now in that in-between age, old enough not to be required to wear a PFD at all times, but not yet 16. We still have them wear a PFD, but bought them autoinflate models to wear when the conditions are benign. We have plenty of standard vest style PFDs on board for when we want those.
If anyone knows that what I was told is false, or that the rules have changed, please tell me!
Kashmir Cat, love the pool safety transponder idea. I'll be looking into getting some.