After determining the style of life jacket that must be worn, the next step is to select one that is the appropriate size. You can count on the fact that the general rule states that the more straps a jacket has, the simpler it is to customize it to the curves of your body, which in turn adds to the amount of comfort it provides.
The right fit for an adult is based on chest size and not weight, so measure your chest. The jacket should fit snuggly but comfortably and allow for easy arm movement. For children the size is based on the child’s actual weight. An infant life jacket will suit a small child ranging between 3.6 -13.5kgs, a child size should be between 13.5–22kgs, and a youth size between 25–40kgs.
• You should look at the label provided by the manufacturer to make sure that the life jacket is appropriate for your child's height and weight.
• To ensure that the jacket has a good, close fit, check that it is properly secured and cinched.
• Grab the top of the arm holes and pull yourself up in a slow and gentle manner.
• Tell the child to raise his arms in a vertical position above his head.
• Check to see if the child’s face or chin is covered by the life jacket, as well as whether or not there is extra space above the armholes. If this is the case, the child will need a smaller life jacket.
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