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Old 19 July 2012, 14:17   #1
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Child's lifejacket

My daughter has just turned 3 years, 102cm tall, 18kgs.

Do I go for Crewsaver Seatoddler/Child lifejacket 100n + 50n manual air top up

150N Air Foam Lifejackets and Life Cribs from Crewsaver

or

Kru Child, no built in bouyancy but Auto inflate thus less bulky?

http://www.krulifejackets.com/images..._catalogue.pdf


Anyone any thoughts on the matter?

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Old 19 July 2012, 14:27   #2
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I will not allow my kids to have auto inflate lifejackets until they are strong swimmers as there is no guarantee they will inflate...

So it's foam until they are much older
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We had a Crewsaver "sea baby" for our daughter (she's just turned 21, how time flies) it was a buoyancy aid type with manual top up. We felt it was more secure as we weren't depending on a mechanism as stated by Whisper. The other benefit was the built in insulation & "bump" protection.
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good points, had favored the Crewsaver, but stumbled across the KRU product.

Think its the crewsaver which gets the vote.

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Good man! And a good question to ask too
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I will not allow my kids to have auto inflate lifejackets until they are strong swimmers as there is no guarantee they will inflate...

So it's foam until they are much older
If you don't trust a kids autoinflate then why would you trust an adults?

I put my daughter in an auto at the age of four or five, once she was big enough for one, my reasoning was she needs to be comfortable and mobile, she puts it on before she goes onto the pontoon and doesn't take it off until she back on land again and it doesn't bother her. She also knows how it works and where the toggle is, I'd love to periodically test it when she's being a pain but the Mrs won't let me.
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because you trust the adult to pull the manual release and stay calmer on immersion
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If the auto mechanism doesn't fire, then you have to manually fire the mechanism or manually inflate, I wouldn't expect a small child to deal with that. Hopefully an adult should be able to cope with the eventuality. If not, I'd put the adult into a bouyancy aid also.
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If the auto mechanism doesn't fire, then you have to manually fire the mechanism or manually inflate, I wouldn't expect a small child to deal with that. Hopefully an adult should be able to cope with the eventuality. If not, I'd put the adult into a bouyancy aid also.
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Fair cop, I know my daughter could inflate hers.
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