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6. See if your PFD will float you on your back or just slightly back of
vertical. In a relaxed floating position, verify that your mouth is
well above the water’s surface. Note the effect of where you hold
your legs on how you float.
7. Get out of the water and remove your PFD. Completely deflate
the PFD using the oral inflator (see "Orally inflating your PFD" on
8. Let the PFD dry thoroughly, Re-arm (page 8), and Repack
(page 11) the PFD.
WHY ARE PFDS REQUIRED SAFETY
Drowning is the leading cause of fatality involving recreational
boating. A PFD provides flotation to help keep your head above water,
help you to stay face up in the water, and increase your chances for
survival and rescue. Most adults only need an extra 7 to 12 pounds
of flotation to keep their heads above water. The proper size PFD will
properly support the weight of the wearer. Since this inflatable PFD
does not have inherent buoyancy, it provides flotation only when
inflated. Familiarize yourself with the use of this PFD so you know
what to do in an emergency.
WEAR YOUR PFD
In approximately 80 percent of all boating fatalities, the victims were
not wearing a PFD. Most fatal accidents happen on calm sunny days.
This inflatable PFD is much more comfortable to wear than other PFD
types. Get into the habit of wearing this PFD. Non-swimmers and
children especially should wear a hybrid or non-inflatable PFD at all
times when on or near the water.