Core Curriculum

3.) Lifejackets & Physical Disabilities

Lifejackets are likely the most essential safety device for water-based outdoor recreation. US Coast Guard boating accident data indicate a direct correlation between the rate of death from boating accidents and whether the person was wearing a properly fit lifejacket. Understating what type of lifejacket to choose for each activity, how to properly fit a lifejacket, the multiple safety roles lifejackets play, and the special circumstances for both fit and function given different disabilities could mean the difference between life and death.
  • Credits, Disclaimer, & Credentialing
  • Lifejackets and Physical Disabilities - Overview
  • Considerations for Choice
  • 4 Kinds of Buoyancy
  • 5 Types of Lifejackets
  • New Lifejacket Labeling
  • Lifejacket Fit & Function
  • Critical Eye for Fit
  • Rolling Face-Down to Face-UP
  • Head Up / Feet Down
  • Federal and State Laws
  • Legal requirements for lifejacket use
  • Conclusion
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed