5.2.5 Life Jackets-specifications



Life Jackets-Specifications


WKC Inc.

  • It is strongly recommended that all paddlers wear an appropriate PFD at all times on the river.

  • All kayaks/canoes  must carry one approved Type 1, 2 or 3 PFD for every paddler on board.

  • The PFD must be stamped with the Australian Standards logo, be in good condition and be readily accessible.

  • All paddlers aged under 18 must wear a PFD at all times while paddling.

  • All J14, J16, J18 full distance, School and Junior Relay teams must wear life jackets.

  • All paddlers must wear a PFD in circumstances of imminent danger.

  • WKC Inc. will take no responsibility for personal members life jackets at the clubhouse. Please take your personal life jacket home with you.



Canoeing Victoria Marathon Rules

M13 Life Jackets – Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs): Regardless of the paddler’s swimming ability or the river or water conditions, all paddlers must bring to the race, a PFD Type 1, 2 or 3 that is of a suitable size for them, in good order, and complies with Australian Standards.

a.  All junior paddlers U12, U14 and U16 MUST wear an approved PFD (subject to conditions as described in the Canoeing Victoria Marathon Committee guidelines).

b.  All senior and U18 paddlers must wear an approved PFD when paddling if the race committee deem it necessary.

c.  PFDs must be worn by all paddlers if the race has sections of white water greater than grade two (2) or at any other time that may be deemed necessary by the Canoeing Victoria Marathon Committee.



There are three recognised types of Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s):


A PFD Type 1 is a recognised life jacket.

  • A PFD Type 1 or approved life jacket must be provided for every person on board your your boat including persons being towed.

  • Each PFD must be able to fit the person for whom it is intended.

  • A PFD Type 1 will provide a high level of buoyancy and keep the wearer in a safe floating position.

  • They are made in high visibility colours with retro-reflective patches.



  • A PFD Type 2 is a buoyancy vest – not a life jacket.

  • It will provide less buoyance than PFD Type 1 but sufficient to keep your head above water.

  • Like a PFD Type 1 they are manufactured in high visibility colours.

  • They are often worn by canoeists and off-the-beach sailors.



A PFD Type 3 is a buoyancy garment – not a life jacket.

  • They have similar buoyancy to PFD Type 2’s and are manufactured in a wide variety of colours.

  • They are often used by waterskiers and PWC riders.



  • Comply with Australian Standards (refer to Marine Regulations 2001 Schedule 2)

  • Be in good condition

  • Be a snug fit suited to the size and weight of the user (check the inside label for details).