Coast Guard Approved Flotation devices allowed in 3 foot section of pool ONly.
Water wings, swim rings, inflatable toys and other items designed for water recreation are not substitutes for U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets or adult supervision. These devices enable swimmers to go beyond their ability. For those with little or no swimming skill, a fall off one of these devices could lead to a drowning situation. Additionally, the materials used for these devices deteriorate in sun and rough pool surfaces, leading to deflation and leaks.
All life jackets should be U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved and in good condition. If the life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved, it will be marked on the device.
USCG-approved PFDs are designed to preserve lives, which is why we specifically require them and don’t accept any of the numerous other “kid-friendly” flotation aids or swim-aids that are available on the market. There are quite a few USCG-approved PFDs made just for kids but generally they are simply standard units in kidappropriate sizes with kidfriendly graphics on them. They are designed to keep the wearer safe, but are not meant to encourage the child to spend more time in the water or to allow any significant freedom of movement.
When choosing a life jacket--
- Make sure it is the right type for the activity.
- Make sure it is U.S. Coast Guard approved.
- Make sure it fits the intended user. Check the label on the life jacket for weight limits.
- Check buckles and straps for proper function.
- Discard any life jacket with torn fabric or straps that have pulled loose.
- Put it on and practice swimming with it.
*Remember to never leave a child unattended in the water, even if they have the perfect PFD on*