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Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) or Lifejackets
Personal flotation devices (PFDs) and lifejackets come in many shapes, colours and materials. Some are made rugged to last longer while others are made to maintain body heat in cold water. No matter which PFD you choose, get one that is right for you, your planned activities and the water conditions you anticipate. Spend a little time now to choose and become familiar with the particular features of your PFD. It could save your life later.
Always look for a label stating that the PFD has been approved by Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada or any combination thereof before you purchase and make sure you understand the regulations and requirements of using PFDs. Also ensure you properly maintain whatever PFD or lifejacket you choose.
By law, pleasure craft must have enough Canadian-approved flotation devices of the appropriate size for everyone on board. You can choose between lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). Remember, lifesaving cushions are not approved as personal flotation equipment on any vessel. Have a look at our webpage on safety for more detailed information on boating safely and more information about lifejackets.