Lifejacket laws stipulate that all children under 12 years of age to wear a life jacket at all times in a vessel under 4.8m, and in an open area of a vessel 4.8m to 8m while underway. However, it is recommended that ALL children wear a life jacket whenever they are in the open area of a vessel. In the event of an emergency, you may not have time to help your children, and a life jacket will help them stay safe and secure in all types of situations.
Choosing the Best Lifejacket For Kids
Fact: Lifejackets save lives. But not all lifejackets are the same. Here’s what you need to know when choosing a child lifejacket.
- Quality matters – cheap is not best in this case.
- Choose a lifejacket that matches your child’s weight not age.
- A lifejacket must fit properly otherwise a child may slip out of it or be forced face down into the water. This means that the lifejacket should not move around too much or the movement could affect its performance. These correctly fitted lifejacket pictures will give you a guide.
- Baby lifejackets and toddler lifejackets will often feature a crotch strap to prevent the lifejacket from bunching around the neck. A crotch strap also prevents the child from falling out the bottom.
- Check that the lifejacket complies with the appropriate Australian lifejacket standard.
If you need any advice about childrens lifejackets, including which one is best, or lifejacket servicing, please do not hesitate to contact Sussex Marine.
Sussex Marine stocks a range of childrens lifejackets, studied to all ages, in our online safety equipment shop including baby lifejackets, Remember, inflatable life jackets, including kids inflatable lifejackets, need servicing every 12 months. Don’t leave your safety to chance. Find a lifejacket servicing kiosk near me.