Originally Posted by AllenF
Go for the SELF INFLATE crewsaver ones
May cost you bout 90 quid each but whats a life worth
Nice to see / hear someone being saftey consious
I don't think they are at all appropriate for a two year old. I wouldn't allow anyone to rely on an auto-inflation life jacket unless I was confident that they could swim long enough to pull the red toggle if the auto mech fails - and preferably blow hard enough (whilst treading water) to inflate it orally if that fails.
A two year old falling in the sea WILL be panicking. No matter how confident they are in the water normally.
Even a five year old, who can swim a width of the local pool - will probably struggle to stay calm and controlled in the cold sea long enough to find and pull the toggle.
My dad's never been out on my boat - but he doesn't swim - and I have often wondered if I would apply the same logic/rule - and I think I would.
Oh - and it could get expensive with children "experimenting" with the manual toggle...