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Old 12 June 2013, 16:58   #51
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The reason I asked is that I wont let my kids wear an auto until they can swim very well. So until they can it's foam for them!
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The reason I asked is that I wont let my kids wear an auto until they can swim very well. So until they can it's foam for them!
I see where your coming from but he's an excellent swimmer. My youngest is in foam and will be for some time.

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I see where your coming from but he's an excellent swimmer. My youngest is in foam and will be for some time.

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Hummmm, My honest answer is I don't know. As far as I'm aware there are two types of auto valves, one that goes off when wet and the other goes off when it reaches a certain water pressure. I think you need to look at the valves first and then go from there
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Old 12 June 2013, 17:16   #54
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I had foam for my 2 with a good head support
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I like them ( good job ! ) . I find them very comfy and I don't look like I'm wearing a yoke (like a shire horse wearing a spinlock)
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So any links for a good quality child's option now ? 9 (more like the size of 13) year old.

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Personally I think they are better off in foam as gas LJ's really are weight critical if the wearer is too light they get turned over



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This terrible tragedy happened when we finished our holidays in Oban last year and these poor kids were wearing pfd's but I believe the wrong type for there age as the buoyancy was to much it pushed there faces into the water.So like Mick says, make sure small kiddies wear foam LJ with a collar.

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So any links for a good quality child's option now ? 9 (more like the size of 13) year old.

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I had that dilemma with my 2 - now 9 & 10 and tall - good swimmers, but when to move from foam??? both now (just) fit adult autos - crotch strap v. important. got Seagos - do thr job, comfy & well priced. Bear in mind we are inshore / coastal, not Atlantic crossers!

That said, it is a big jump in both your confidence as a helm and your view of your children's stamina / sense / ability to go from no risk foam to an inflatable jacket.

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Personally I think they are better off in foam as gas LJ's really are weight critical if the wearer is too light they get turned over
Really I didn't know that - what evidence is there to support this?
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