If you are taking your children out on the water, it is essential you fit them with the correct life jacket. Baby, Toddler and Infant Life jackets come in a variety of sizes, specifications, colours and capabilities. The most common type of PFD (personal flotation device) is a straight forward foam construction which will allow you to float. Infant, toddler and baby life jackets come with foam construction only. All our kids life jackets / life vests meet the Australian Standard.
Children & Kids Life Jackets
At the Boat Hut it’s our mission to supply our clients with baby, toddler and infant life jackets that will keep their loved ones safe. Feel free to give us a call on 07 3039 3100 to discuss your safety needs as we stock a wide range of infant, toddler and baby life jackets for your baby, infant and toddler.
Baby Life Jackets start at 5- 10kgs and then progress to Infant life jackets 10 to 15KG and then the largest if 15kg to 25kg before progressing into the children range of Life jackets / PFDs
What is a child’s life vest?
A life vest is a term sometimes used instead of life jacket or PFD.
Is a life vest, Life jacket and PFD the same thing?
Yes, life vest, life jacket and PFD are the same thing and are terms used around the world to refer to the same thing? The important factor to consider, no matter the name, is the Australian standard that is meets.
What should you consider when buying Kids PFDs, kids life jackets or kids life vest
The most important thing to consider when buying Kids PFDs, kids life jackets or kids life vest is to ensure it is made to the Australian Standard. Each life vest is manufactured to suit a baby, infant or child based on weight – so make sure that the life vest has the right weight rating. When fitting the life vest, make sure it is tightened and the child cannot slip out of the PFD. All kids life jackets are designed with the child’s safety in mind and will usually incorporate a wide crotch strap, halo style collar and a handle/ grip to provide a quick and safe method of retrieving a child out of the water.
What is the current Australian Standard for a PFD, Life Vest or Life jacket?
The current Australian Standard is approved to AS4758-100. This standard means that it is a level 100. Level 100 PFD is generally recommended for use in pleasure boats which may occasionally venture beyond sheltered waters or where the wearer may be at risk of sustaining injuries which may impede the wearer’s ability to swim.
Each PFD should also have noted the weight rating. The Australian Standard AS4758-150 is for level 150 PFDs. To comply with Level 150 standards the garment must be suitable for use in offshore applications and provide a high level of buoyancy, maintaining the wearer in a safe floating position, i.e. with the body inclined backwards from the vertical with the nose and mouth clear of the water.