Originally Posted by Iron Dials
For your 30kg jacket, Crewsaver do a junior automatic version.
We bought one, very tidy, although the added insulation of the foam might be better to keep warm on those rare cloudy days.
I think there are other pro's and con's of putting younguns in autoinflates:
1. It makes it just like mum/dads, which means there may be less objection to wearing it.
2. Kids do quite like getting wet - which can get expensive, or might mean they take it off to jump in, or when mucking about at the pontoon!
3. The autoinflate isn't 100% certain to fire. I think you need to be confident that your child would both be able to swim well enough (fully clothed and in shock) whilst activating it AND have the presence of mind in an emergency to find and pull the cord.
For me that means on an open RIB I'd want fixed foam at least until they get to secondary school.