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Re: Life jackets for kids: rigid or inflatable?
I'm in Texas, we have 100+ temps starting in the next few weeks and ending in the fall.
My kids always wear at least a waterskiing type PFD, (full torso, slim body contoured, bright colored). Grownups also wear a PFD, (I don't use inflatables).
The youngest get a retaining strap, they are allowed to upgrade when they demonstrate a high level of swimming ability.
Also younger kids are tethered to an adult. I like this better than tethering to a boat. 1. safer 2. they don't feel like a tethered pet. 3. less likely to try to detach themselves. 4. Less likely to be accidently forgotten, when grownups move to galley. 5. that one adult is responsible for child tethered to them, instead of group, ("I though someone else was watching?")
If they get hot? Thats what iced drinks are for....well that and the cockpit shower, or a good dunking.
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Last edited by CapnBilll; 04-30-2012 at 02:19 PM.