PADDLERsmart! Canada Knowledge Base

Module 02 - Boating Equipment


Inflatable PFDs are comfortable, compact flotation devices. They’re equipped with a carbon dioxide cartridge which inflates the PFD, and keeps the wearer afloat.

PFDs are available in different styles including waist pouches, vests, PFDs that inflate automatically upon entering the water, and more basic styles that require manual inflation.

The rules for inflatable PFDs:

  • Only approved for use by persons 16 years or older that weigh more than 36 kilograms (80 lbs)
  • Must be worn at all times while on the deck, or in the cockpit of an open boat
  • Must be readily available to persons below deck, on boats equipped with cabins
  • Not approved for use on PWCs or during white water activities


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