wear your life jacket at sea

LIFE JACKET—OPTIONAL OR MANDATORY?

Whether inflatable or foam, a life jacket keeps you safe; when out at sea, as peaceful as it is, you must always wear your life jacket. Below is a list of the various reasons to wear a life jacket suited to your practice.

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IT IS MANDATORY

In France, the decree of 10 February 2016 makes it mandatory to wear a PFD when sailing. There are very specific regulations governing the type and the buoyancy of the life jacket according to the distance in nautical miles—one nautical mile equals 1852 metres—you are from shore. 

1. Up to two nautical miles from land: you must wear a buoyancy aid of at least 50 Newtons. This life jacket is for people who can swim and it will only help to keep them on the surface of the water.

2. Up to six nautical miles from land: it is mandatory to wear a life jacket of at least 100 Newtons. A life jacket will keep you safe even if you are unconscious or cannot swim. 

3. Six nautical miles or more: to sail in any sea area it is mandatory to wear a life jacket of 150 Newtons.

4. Please note that for a child weighing less than 30kg, a life jacket of 100 Newtons minimum is mandatory whatever the distance from shore.

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LIFE JACKET OR BUOYANCY AID?

As explained above, according to the distance from shore you are sailing, you will need a PFD with a suitable level of buoyancy. A life jacket is much safer than a buoyancy aid: it not only makes you float but also leaves the airways unobstructed by turning the body face up and is suitable for people who cannot swim or are unable to swim.

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ADVANTAGES OF LIFE JACKETS

An inflatable life jacket has the benefit of being much more comfortable than a foam life jacket: small and discreet, it gives you the freedom of movement necessary for certain activities. In addition, most inflatable life jackets are at least 150 Newtons and can therefore be used for sailing at any distance from shore. This is the case for Tribord, our three adult models are 150 Newtons or more and the kids' models are 100 Newtons, in compliance with regulations.

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POSSIBILITY TO ATTACH

For sailing sports or in dangerous conditions, choose a life jacket that lets you clip on a tether to attach yourself. If you fall into the water, your life jacket will prevent you from drowning but it is better still to not go overboard in the first place. Some life jackets are equipped with a strap to clip a tether to, a handy and useful way to keep all crew on board!

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FLASHLIGHT ATTACHMENT

Like the safety line to attach yourself, having the option to add a flashlight to your life jacket is an undeniable plus. If you fall into the water, especially at night, this little light attached to your life jacket will make you easy to spot. Simply clip it on to the strap provided for this purpose!

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