Life jackets save lives 

Wearing a life jacket while boating is as important as wearing a seat belt while driving in  a car or wearing a helmet while riding your bike or motorcycle. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Statistics, drowning was the leading cause of death in nearly 3/4 of boating related fatalities and 84% of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

Although the state requires children to wear a life jacket, adults are encouraged to wear one. Adults should set a good example for children by wearing their life jackets.

Remember: life jacket wear doesn’t only apply to children – anyone can drown regardless of how old they are and if they consider themselves to be a strong swimmer. 

Life Jackets Float - You Don't!
Watch this video for information on why it is important to wear a life jacket.

  1. Types of Life Jackets
  2. Choosing the Right Life Jacket
  3. Life Jacket Law

Type I - Offshore
- Intended for those going out in open water where quick rescues may be unlikely
- Most buoyant; can turn someone who is unconscious face-up.

Type II - Near-shore
- Intended for calm, inland water where there is a good chance for quick rescue.
Type III - Floatation Aids
- Intended for calm, inland water where there is a good chance of fast rescue.
- Generally will not turn an unconscious user face up.
- Activities: fishing, hunting canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding and other inland water tow sports.

Type IV - Throwable Device
- Intended to be thrown to someone overboard.
- Of little use to unconscious or exhausted swimmers.
- Not recommended for children or nonswimmers.

Type III & V - Inflatable Device
- Hydrostatic (inflates automatically upon immersion or when manually activated).
- Manual (only inlfates when manually activated).
- Belt Pack (worn on our waist. Only inflates when manually activated; must be placed over head once activated. 
Inflatable life jackets requires maintenance and replacing the CO2
cartridge after each use. Not allowed for use or wear by children under 16 years of age; some inflatable life jackets are not approved for certain activities. Always check the label for directions and requirements.