Advice 1: How to wear the life jacket

If you have already purchased a life jacket, you are faced with the question of its proper use. Be aware that even such a seemingly simple procedure for donning of life jacket requires strict adherence to several rules. Only in this case, you can be sure that he will perform all the functions which he is required.
How to wear the life jacket

How to use a life jacket

When putting on a life jacket must adhere to the following order:
- fasten the product;
- tighten side straps;
- to ensure that the slings tightened and buttoned Buckley, lightning and fastex (fasteners for the connections of straps and slings);
- make sure the product does not RUB the neck, chin and armpits;
- check that it does not slip, if someone gets pulled over the shoulder straps;
- to ensure that it will not break the flow of water.

In addition, it is important that you feel the lifejacket is comfortable and convenient.

Need to periodically check the condition of the foam that is inside the product, return it to its original state after compression. If this happens, this sign indicates the approaching of aging, in which life jacket loses its beneficial properties (particularly buoyancy).

If the product is eventually no longer positioned close to the body and it is not correct even careful adjustment, to make the design of any improvements should not be alone. Then you need to buy another vest.

Recommendations for the use of a life vest

There are a number of recommendations that will allow you to protect yourself from unpleasant situations on the water, and also to extend the use of life jackets.

When selecting a product, pay special attention to its size. For example, he should be able to wear under the vest warm clothing in case of cold weather.

If you choose a life jacket for a child, put on his garment and fasten it. Then insert the hands under the shoulders of the vest and try to shake the baby out. If they could do that or ears and nose closed with a vest, you need to replace the product with another, smaller.

Make sure that the product was caused to your personal data: name, RH factor and blood group. Keep the vest only well dried and ventilated place. Do not dry the product over an open flame or using heating devices. In addition, it is not recommended to sit on the vest, and leave it in the boat after getting out of it.

If you flew into the water overboard, you need to make every effort to accept vertical position. If water were a few people, they should keep the group, because then they will be more noticeable. In addition, it is thus possible to keep warm.

Advice 2 : How to make water life jacket with your hands

The presence of life jackets on the ship – a requirement of the State inspection on small size vessels. The vest should be in every participant's water hikes or boat trips. About the safety of cruise passengers care the captains, but the party canoe trip needs to think about life saving, myself. Sew the life jacket can with your hands.

Life vest has plenty of pockets

What to sew

You need a waterproof fabric is calendered nylon or Dacron, Bologna, etc. you Can make a life vest out of old coats or jackets, rebuff sleeves and slightly extending the neck. The tissue should be enough to be enough for two vests length just below the waist. The material is better to choose a bright, clearly visible on the water. The filler is most suitable foam. You can also use plastic bottles (but they need to be sealed so that the air coming out). However, the bottle is not very convenient, because the mechanical action can break. Sometimes for making jackets using the children's rubber toys or inflatable balls. But the foam still makes the most sense, because mechanical damage does not lose its properties. You will also need a piece of parachute slings or synthetic tapes and 1-3 carabiner or plastic buckles.


A jacket strut, remove the skin. Armhole and neck extend for about 1 cm (just cut off allowances). Cut the foam into strips with a width of approximately 10 cm Strips are inserted transversely, so the length must equal the width of the shelves or the back. The foam should be thick. Cutting it can be a regular sharp knife, previously marked out on a ruler ballpoint pen. The knife blade should be perpendicular to the plane of the sheet. The strips will have plenty of pockets. This rectangles. The width of each equal to the width of the strip added to it twice the thickness of the sheet. The pockets are located over the entire surface of the vest. It is particularly important that they were in the upper part (shoulders and neckline), so that even in case of loss of consciousness the man's head remained above water. Allowances of 1 cm to Express all the sides of the rectangles. Synthetic fabric is the most convenient to cut the apparatus for burning or soldering iron, in this case, the buttonhole seams do not need. Think about how many fasteners. Can be only one belt. Cut from parachute straps 2 piece of 25 cm To the ends sew the buckle.


Set all elements line primaqiune pockets. On the pockets fold the allowances and very carefully zautyuzhte on the wrong side. Baste the workpiece according to the planned lines, but only one side (e.g. top or bottom pockets only), and then pristrochite, but only to the allowances of the side seams. Sew the strips and the second sides. Sostrochite shoulder and side seams. Insert the foam and seal the gap. Sew the waistband with buckles.
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