Troop On-line Activity #49 - PFD Sizing
1st Kanata Scout Group - Beaverbrook Troop
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Joke
Nathan: Why do tigers have stripes?
Thomas: Why?
Nathan: So they aren’t spotted.
Saying (to think about)
Cleverness is not wisdom.
PFD Sizing and Fit
When going paddling, a Personal Floation Device (PFD) is an essential piece of safety gear. That PFD must be the right size so that it fits correctly and keeps the wearer safe. It is very important to make sure the PFD is the right size before going near the water. You do not want the test of fit to be an actual life and death emergency.
To make sure a PFD is the right size and fits properly:
First, check the label on the PFD to make sure it is the right size and can support you in the water.
Then, before going near the water, put the PFD on and check to make sure it fits correctly. This image, from Scouts Canada, explains how to check that your PFD is the right size (fit).
After checking the label and fit it is a good idea to confirm that the PFD is the right size by wearing it in the water. This image, from the US Army Corps of Engineers, shows what will happen in the water if the PFD is too small, too big or just right.
This test always be done in the safest location possible and under supervision (for example, local swimming pool with a lifeguard watching) since there is a chance that the PFD may not work correctly. You may want to try swimming in the PFD, to make sure you know how that feels. You may also want to try it out wearing your paddling clothes (shorts, t-shirt, hat and shoes).
Answer the questions below.
1 - Is the PFD in this photo, too small, too big or just right. Check the box next to the best answer.
1 point
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2 - Is the PFD in this photo, too small, too big or just right. Check the box next to the best answer.
1 point
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3 - Is the PFD in this photo, too small, too big or just right. Check the box next to the best answer.
1 point
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4 - You are not able to zip up the PFD. Is the PFD, too small, too big or just right? Check the box next to the correct answer.
1 point
5 - A Scouter is able to pull the PFD up past your ears when it properly done up. Is the PFD, too small, too big or just right? Check the box next to the correct answer.
1 point
6 - You are able to zip up the PFD. Is the PFD, too small, too big or just right? Check the box next to the correct answer.
1 point
7 - There is space in the arm holes for freedom of arm movement. Is the PFD, too small, too big or just right? Check the box next to the correct answer.
1 point
8 - You are not able to fit your arms through the arm holes. Is the PFD, too small, too big or just right? Check the box next to the correct answer.
1 point
9 - A Scouter is not able to pull the PFD up past your nose when it properly done up. Is the PFD, too small, too big or just right? Check the box next to the correct answer.
1 point
10 - You feel squished when the PFD is properly done up. Is the PFD, too small, too big or just right? Check the box next to the correct answer.
1 point
11 - You can breathe normally when the PFD is properly done up. Is the PFD, too small, too big or just right? Check the box next to the correct answer.
1 point
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