PADDLERsmart! USA Knowledge Base
Module 02 - Boating Equipment
Keeping your life jackets in good shape will save you money—they won’t need to be replaced as frequently. So, that’s good news, but remember, once a life jacket gets damaged, even if it’s just a small tear, the life jacket will no longer be considered Coast Guard-approved. Check your life jackets thoroughly at the beginning of each season and keep an eye on their condition throughout!
How to Clean Your Life Jacket:
Step 1: Wash the life jacket with mild, environmentally friendly soap.
Step 2: Rinse the life jacket with water to remove any soap residue.
Step 3: Never dry-clean or use strong detergents, gasoline, or chemicals to wash the life jacket.
Step 4: Air-dry the life jacket out of direct sunlight and away from direct heat sources.