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Old 06 November 2014, 12:15   #1
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Kids auto lifejackets

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I need to purchase 3 auto lifejackets suitable for averaged sized 12 year olds.

I've found these that look pretty decent:
Ocean Safety KRU Child Auto & Manual Inflation Lifejacket 15-30kg | eBay

Are these likely to be too small for 12 year olds and should I be looking at adult sizes?
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Old 06 November 2014, 12:42   #2
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Defo too small!! I had one and my 5 year old wears it ,12 year olds would be better off in adults,just pull them tighter,haha


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I think a lot of 12 yr olds will be over that weight.
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What worries me is that these jackets may be worn by some kids that aren't 40kg.

All the adult ones say you need to be 40kg.
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That would be the adults in charge to make that choice,please don't quote me on this but I think this style is designed to make you float face up,so slightly too big shouldn't be a problem,if they have a crotch strap aswell,I might be wrong,someone might say different


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please don't quote me on this but I think this style is designed to make you float face up,so slightly too big shouldn't be a problem,if they have a crotch strap aswell,I might be wrong,someone might say different
There are downsides to having too much buoyancy as well as too little.
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I think the vast majority of 12 year olds would be over 40kg and so would need adult jackets. If there are going to be younger (lighter) children also then you may just need to bite the bullet and buy some smaller ones also.

If these are for some kind of activity group rather than family use then foam may be a good choice, they are very robust and stand up well to being chucked around, shoved in lockers etc. Crewsaver Spiral is available in a 'Junior' size (30-40kg)
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