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Testing Your Lifejacket

It is a good idea to test the buoyancy of a PFD or lifejacket on a regular basis, as suggested by the manufacturer.

You can do this by practicing the following:

  • While wearing the PFD or lifejacket, wade into chest-deep water;
  • Bend at the knees;
  • Then float on your back; and
  • Verify that the Personal Flotation Device and/or lifejacket keeps your chin above water so that it is easy to breathe.


A lady showing how to test the buoyancy of a lifejacket for boating .


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