These highly visible and robust Plastimo children's life jackets feature 100 Newtons of buoyancy which makes them technically life jackets as opposed to buoyancy aids. They are great for cruising and feature reflective panels, a whistle, easy fastening buckles and a grab handle.
These life jackets are suitable for children from approximately 1 to 10 years of age (the ages are a guide and the life jackets should be purchased based on the weight of the child).
Although automatic inflation life jackets are available for children it is generally recommended that these are only used when the child is a reasonable swimmer. The traditional foam life jackets are generally recommended for toddlers and most children as they always provide positive buoyancy and are difficult to damage and cannot be 'set off' by accident!
It maybe a good idea to let your child test their new life jacket (or boat coat for those who need a little encouragement!) in a swimming pool where they can get a feel for the buoyant jacket while you remain in control - and it is fun!.
It is advisable that these children's life jackets are tried on immediately upon receipt to ensure correct fitting and sizing for the wearer.
The difference between a buoyancy aid and a life jacket is the amount of buoyancy and the ability of the jacket to 'self right' the wearer.
All children's floatation devices (life jackets, buoyancy aids etc.) are classified as life jackets as any life jacket for those under 30Kg must offer 100N (Newtons) of buoyancy and self right the child. A life jacket keeps the child safely on their back and provides enough buoyancy for use in different river and sea conditions.
|Child's Chest Size||50-68cm||68-78cm||78-86cm|
|Age (approximate only)||3-4 years||5-6 years||7-8 years|
|Standards Rating||EN 395|
|For use in (as a guide only)||Sheltered Waters|
We have found these life jackets to be particularly good for smaller children as they are not easily damaged.
They do not have an internal air bladder to puncher or a compressed gas cannister to replace if the wearer wishes to use the life
Although all care is taken to best describe a life jackets suitability in terms of size, weight, age etc it must be understood that life jackets require an element of 'fitting' to a child. It maybe necessary to 'try-on-for-size' before purchasing to ensure the life jacket is suitable for your circumstances.