What is the difference between a float vest and a float jacket?
These two terms are used interchangeably to describe vest-style flotation aids. The term "float vest" is used to describe vests that has no removable floats and is designed to be flat packed so that it can be packed into a suitcase for vacation. The term "flotat jacket" describes vests with removable floats.
It is important to note that buoyancy jackets are not life-saving devices, nor are they a suitable substitute for life jackets. Life jackets are designed to help people in the water maintain an upright position with their head above the water whether they are moving or not.
Float jackets do not do this; they are designed to help children achieve a natural swimming position when learning to swim, while still enabling them to get in the water when they wish.
How a float vest can help your child learn to swim
Once your child is old enough to stay upright and lift their head above the water, they are ready to try a float vest. Unlike arm bands that hold your child's arms above their chest and restrict arm movement, float vests fit snugly around the torso, allowing for a full range of motion.
A float vest helps allow your child to swim naturally in the water while providing extra buoyancy as they learn to swim.
Float vests are great for older children and adults who enjoy snorkeling because they provide stability and comfort while exploring the water for extended periods of time.