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Frequently Asked Questions

What does PFD stand for?
PFD stands for Personal Floatation Device also known as life jacket or life vest.

 What kind of PFD do I need?
PFDs are categorized by Type, i.e. Type I, II, III, IV or V. Types I, II and III are commonly worn by recreational boaters, while Type IVs are throwable devices such as life rings and buoyant cushions. Type Vs are specialty PFDs for specific activities or consumers. It is recommended that children always were a type II PFD or higher, even for onshore activities.

What is the difference between a life jacket and a PFD?
A PFD is less bulky and less buoyant than a life jacket. A PFD may not roll a person into a position where their head is out of water. A lifejacket will hold the wearer in an upright position and in most cases, will roll a person from a face-down to a face-up position. A PFD is preferred for active sports such as canoeing or fishing because it is more flexible.

Is there a PFD that will fit everyone in my family, including my kids?
Legally the one size fits all PFDs will work for everyone if your kids are at least 90 pounds.

What is the best PFD for paddling?
Some kayaks and canoes have high back seats to provide extra support and comfort. Several of our PFD models are specifically designed with the back foam positioned above the high back seat for extra comfort while paddling. This feature is called the Baja Back.

How do I clean my PFD?
Use a mild detergent (Dawn dish detergent is a good one) and scrub the PFD down with a sponge or cloth. Rinse thoroughly and hang to dry out of direct sunlight. For more information you can also view a video we have posted in our care instructions section.

Is there a way to get grease stains out of my PFD?
Step 1: Choose between either OPTION A: spraying the area with WD-40 making sure the stain is thoroughly saturated and letting it soak for a minimum of 10 minutes. Or OPTION B:  sprinkling the area with baking soda or cornstarch so it covers the area completely to draw the grease out and letting it sit for 20-30 minutes.
Step 2:
Scrub the area gently with a toothbrush dipped in Dawn, or other grease-cutting dish soap, until the stain is gone. Thoroughly rinse the jacket immediately.