Thanks for the reply and suggestions.
The D-ring is in the back?
Yes - the D-ring is in the back and is part of the harness which is attached to her lifejacket.
I suggest that you clip your harness from the back for a few weeks, with a pillow behind your head, and try to work. Then try to release yourself, as though you were caught in the rigging and trying to keep from drowning.
There is zero chance I could actually use this. I'm sure others will feel differently, but try clipping the back and let us know what you think. This is for kids that will not be permitted to leave the cockpit, not for a young adult that is learning to be crew. There are good reasons no adult PFD is clipped in the back. I only used a clip-in-back harness with my daughter until she no longer required a full body harness.
I completely understand your point however she has never really been interested in learning to crew. She loves being on the boat but spends most of her time either talking, reading, or listening to music; we enjoy doing the legwork and are happy knowing she can relax and wants to spend time with us. As such she doesn’t move about as often as we do so having her tether in the back isn’t an inconvenience for her or us; she is completely ok with having us clip her in and out, and we feel better knowing she is always safe.
I suggest looking for a paddling jacket that you can wear a harness under. That worked for my daughter when she was that age.
Thanks very much for the suggestion.
We had a brief look at some paddling lifejackets today, but could not find any rated to 100N. Also, we could not find any with flotation collars (which I guess makes sense given their intended purpose). Ideally we want to avoid lifejackets without a collar as we feel much better knowing should the worst happen and she is unconscious, that her head would be supported out of the water.
Of course we have only looked briefly and we’ll continue to search for some paddling jackets with a collar and a higher buoyancy rating. Are there any brands we should specifically look at or avoid in terms of quality and reputation (so far we have looked at Salus Marine and Extrasport)?
Also, you mentioned that if we get a separate harness and lifejacket that the harness should be worn under the lifejacket. All her lifejackets have always had the harness either built-in or attached to the jacket itself so the D-ring has always been easily accessible. Please forgive my lack of understanding, but if the harness is under the lifejacket, how do you connect the tether (and ensure it is positioned safely)?
I can understand how it might be possible to clip the tether to the front of the harness and then put on the lifejacket, but I can’t see a way of being able to safely connect the tether in the back. Would it not be easier to wear the harness over the lifejacket?
I’m sorry for the lengthy message and if I’m missing something! We hugely appreciate the help – thanks very much again!