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By Elizabeth A. Ginns — December 2003
In December 2002 the U.S. Coast Guard’s Life Jacket Rule, which requires all children under the age of 13 to wear a PFD while onboard recreational vessels, went into effect. Even so, children aren’t usually eager to throw one on, as the traditional PFDs can be uncomfortable and hot to wear for extended times.
Enter Aqua Force, which has designed a PFD that doubles as a swimsuit and is said to be more comfortable for a child to wear all day than a traditional vest-style PFD. The Aqua Force suit uses strategically placed foam blocks that are permanently sewn into the swimsuit to maintain buoyancy and balance in the water.
The Aqua Force swimsuit is available in high-visibility pink and neon green and fits children ranging from 30 to 90 pounds. It is said to be the only Coast Guard-approved swimwear flotation device and satisfies the agency’s Life Jacket Rule. Available through the company’s Web site and at various stores throughout the country, it retails for approximately $75.
Aqua Force Phone: (888) 766-5725. www.aquaforcePFD.com.
This article originally appeared in the November 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.