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Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices

Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices are important to keeping your child safe when in or around water. They are both safe for your child as long as they fit appropriately.


What is the difference between a lifejacket and a personal flotation device (PFD)?

  • Lifejacket: Holds the person upright. It can turn the person over from face-down to face-up.
  • PFD: This device is less bulky and lighter than a lifejacket. They also keep the people wearing it warmer in the water.

 Safety Tips

child in swimming pool

  • Buy a lifejacket or PFD that fits your child’s weight.
  • Always use the safety straps  and buckles provided
  • The lifejacket or PFD should have a label that has either:
    • Transport Canada
    • Canadian Coast Guard
    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada1

Remember, always stay within sight and arms’ reach of your child when in or around water.

For more information on Lifejackets and PFD’s, visit Parachute Canada.

Date of creation: March 24, 2013
Last modified on: January 17, 2014


1Parachute Canada. (February 15th, 2013). Lifejackets and personal flotation devices. Retrieved from