Anaconda offers a large selection of life jackets and Personal Floatation Devices (PFD), as well as related accessories to keep you safe in the water. We have life jackets for men, women and children so that you and your family can have fun adventures in the water using quality equipment that meet Australian Safety Standards.
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How to Choose the Right Life Jacket
Life jackets are rated for different levels or types which determine its buoyancy characteristics, visibility and intended use. Life jackets or PFDs that are primarily designed for smooth waters won’t be very effective at keeping your head above water in rough open water or in coastal waters where weather conditions can be unpredictable.
Type 1 or Level 100 Life Jackets
Type 1 life jackets have ratings of Level 100 or above. These are an absolute minimum requirement whenever you venture out into open waters where rough weather conditions and the possibility of being stranded are more likely. These are also recommended whenever you’re boating alone. Compared to lower rated life jackets, these are bulkier to help keep the body afloat for a considerable amount of time.
Aside from having inherently higher buoyancy ratings, type 1 PFDs are designed with collars to help keep your head above water even in rough seas. The design of these life jackets also helps keep your face up and away from the water even when you’re unconscious. High visibility colours are also required so to increase the chances of being spotted by search and rescue teams. Some models also come with whistles built in to make calling for help and attracting attention much easier.
Type 2 or Level 50 Life Jackets
Type 2 life jackets have a Level 50 rating, and are well suited for inland waters or sheltered waters near the land where help is more readily available. PFDs with a Level 50 rating have less inherent buoyancy than those rated at Level 100 or more. Level 50 life jackets are also less bulky making them more comfortable to wear even in non-emergency situations.
Once in the water, however, you’ll likely have to actively tread water in order to keep your head above water. Using Type 2 PFDs in rough water will be extremely difficult and not recommended. These life jackets are also designed with high visibility colours to make search and rescue efforts much easier.
Convenience features like storage pockets and special compartments for hydration bladders are also fairly common across Level 50 life jacket models from different brands.
Type 3 or Level 50S Life Jackets
Type 3 life jackets with a Level 50S rating have the same buoyancy as Type 2 or Level 50 PFDs, but are not guaranteed to offer features such as high visibility colours and unassisted face up floatation. Nonetheless, what it lacks in safety, it makes up for in comfort and style. Level 50S life jackets typically allow for greater freedom of movement, which makes it an excellent choice for many types of competitive water sports. You’ll also have more options when it comes to picking out styles, colours and designs ranging from kid friendly prints to trendy patterns and colour combinations.
Life Jacket Accessories
We also offer accessories like rearming kits for inflatable life jackets. These allow you to quickly inflate your life jacket with compressed air using a small air cylinder that’s very easy to store. Combine this with an inflatable PFD and you’ll have a very compact floatation kit that takes up very little space in your kit bag and can be easily deployed as you’re preparing to head out into the water.