In a nut shell – automatic life jackets generally best suit older children, whilst foam life jackets are perfect for smaller children and toddlers who may wish to play in the water as well as on it. Plan ahead and remember – a lifejacket will only work when worn!
We consider that lifejackets should be worn at all times when cruising and up on deck. You might also wish to think about children wearing lifejackets or buoyancy when playing on the pontoons, just in case of a slip or trip, plus it can help them get used to wearing them regularly.
If we encourage little ones to act safely on boats, they will grow up thinking that that’s the norm. Boating is about having fun on the water – so make sure you’re all safe and comfortable. Le Boat provide life jackets on board all of their boats but if you would like to invest in your own, the Nipper Skipper range which also includes harnesses and life lines can be found on our website. Le Boat UK clients are entitled to 10% off their order with Nipper Skipper, look out for the promo code in your pre-departure email!
And just to repeat…a lifejacket only works when it’s worn! So get afloat, have fun and stay safe!
By Fran Farrar (Director of Nipper Skipper).