Type I PFDs, or offshore lifejackets, are the most buoyant PFDs and
suitable for all water conditions, including rough or isolated water
where rescue may be delayed. Although bulky in comparison to Type II
and III PFDs, offshore jackets will turn most unconscious individuals
to the face-up position. They range in sizes from adult to child.
Type II kids vest is designed for comfort. Type II PFDs, or near-shore
buoyancy vests, are for calm and open water where a rescue will occur
quickly. They are not designed for long periods in rough water. These
vests will turn some, but not all, unconscious wearers face-up in the
water. Some inflatable Type II models will turn wearers to the face-up
position as well as a Type I PFD. This vest is less bulky than a Type I
and often the least expensive of the PFD types. Type II PFDs are
available in a variety of sizes.
Type III Water Sport Vest with impact rating of 100MPH. Type III
PFDs, or flotation aids, are for calm and open water where a rescue
will likely occur quickly. These PFDs are designed to keep the wearer
in a vertical position. It is the wearer's responsibility to maneuver
themselves into a face-up position, usually accomplished by tilting
their head back. Type III inflatable models will keep unconscious
wearers face-up as well as a Type II inherently buoyant vest. This PFD
is not recommended for rough water conditions. These PFDs are the most
comfortable to wear and popular for recreation boating and fishing.
Type III PFDs come in various sizes from adult to child.