Inflatable PFD

These types of PFDs come in Types I, II, III, and V. Type IV, also known as the throwable type, is the only type that does not come in an inflatable form. Inflatable PFDs are not as buoyant as other types and may not float unless inflated. For this reason, inflatable life jackets are not authorized for use by anyone under the age of 16 or recommended for those who can’t swim.

Inflatable PFDs should also be avoided for use during high-impact activities. If a day on the water involves waterskiing, tubing, operating a PWC, or white-water rafting, another type of PFD should be selected.

Inflatable PFDs can lose buoyancy and require more maintenance than standard PFDs.

To keep your inflatable PFD water-ready:

  • Always check for leaks. Inflate the PFD and leave it overnight; if it has lost air, you will need a new PFD.
  • Check CO2 cartridges regularly, and replace them as soon as they are spent.

How to Use Inflatable PFDs


Inflatable Belt Pack:

  • Pull on the inflation cord.
  • The vest will inflate.
  • Adjust to fit

Inflatable Vest

  • Make sure the vest is properly fastened.
  • Pull on the inflation cord.
  • The vest will inflate.