Kids Life Jackets
Anaconda's kid's life jackets meet all the safety requirements - from color, shape to material. Ensure your kids' safety and buy them their life jackets now!
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What Should I Know About Life Jackets?
Buying life jackets for the children requires special consideration, as you obviously want them to be safe on the water. When you browse our range of life jackets for kids, there are several factors to consider. To help make the selection process a little easier, we have created a handy guide for you below.
What Are The Most Important Things To Consider When Buying A Life Jacket For My Child?
There are many important factors you should consider, but one of the most important is the fit of the life jacket. If a life jacket does not fit the child properly, it will not provide ample protection.
You can evaluate the fit of a life jacket by looking at its maximum weight and chest size, this will ensure you will get a life jacket that is not too small. Of course, you must also make sure the life jacket is not too big, this could cause your child to slip out of the life jacket. It could also place your child in an unfavourable position inside the water.
Once you have obtained the life jacket for your child, you can check the fit by lifting the life jacket from the top upwards. The life jacket should not come higher than 2.5 centimetres from the shoulders.
What Are The Different Types Of Life Jackets?
Life jackets can have a number of features, this usually to cater to a number of different water sports. They can also have special attachments and fastenings, each providing their own range of benefits. To understand the most important differences, we have listed some important information regarding life jacket types below.
Newton rating - One of the things to look out for is the so-called Newton rating, this is the number that determines the buoyancy of a life jacket. For every ten newtons, you get one kilogram of flotation. Therefore, this number often relates to the weight of the user as well as the waters they will be used in.
Please note that different countries can have different regulations for buoyancy ratings, this even applies to various areas in Australia. So, if you want to make sure that the life jacket is up to code, always check the regulations for your area.
Crotch straps - There are some additional features on a life jacket that can help prevent the life jacket from slipping off. One of these features is the so-called crotch strap, which fits the wearer inside the life jacket and provides added protection.
Harness - Some life jackets are equipped with special clips, these clips are used to fasten yourself to your boat or raft. Of course, this type of life jacket is not often used for children, as it could cause problems for anyone not old enough to handle the clips themselves.
Reflective tape - Most life jackets are now equipped with some reflective tape. The tape in question becomes more visible when artificial light hits it, for example, a boat light or a flashlight. Naturally, this tape becomes vital in search and rescue situation, as it may increase the visibility of the wearer inside the water.
Flare - The flare is a feature that is limited to life jackets who are used on the ocean. Flares enable you to increase your visible and signal a nearby ship that you are in trouble. Of course, flares should not be used by children. Therefore, life jackets with flares should only be obtained and worn by adults.
Light - In addition to reflective tape, some life jackets can have some additional light features attached, this could be a strobe or a flashing light. When heading into situations where there is really low visibility, this additional light could make you more visible and increase your chance of rescue.
What Different Types Of Inflation Are Available For Life Jackets?
Inflation for life jackets can be manual, automatic, or hydrostatic. With the manual version, you usually have to pull a cord to make the life jacket inflate. The automatic inflation will start to work as soon as life jacket hits the water. The hydrostatic option works in the same way, with the only difference that the life jacket must be fully submerged before it is inflated.