6 Steps To Inspect And Maintain Your Inflatable Pfd

When you purchase an inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD), you’re investing in your safety and the safety of your family and friends. The best PFD is the one you wear, but it can only save your life if it works. That’s why it’s so important to maintain your PFDs and to inspect them regularly to make sure they are in good condition and working properly.

This post provides some basic tips to help you regularly inspect your PFD, and verify that it fits, floats, and remains in top notch condition.



PFD Visual Inspection


1 There are no rips, tears, excessive abrasion or holes, all seams are securely sewn, and the cover, straps and hardware are still strong.
2 Oral-inflation dust cap is in the stowed position
3 The PFD is not twisted
4 All zippers, closures and waist buckle are secure
5 Your inflator status indicator is green. Some PFDs have more than one status indicator! Refer to your product manual if you’re not sure
6 The inflator pull-tab is hanging on the outside
Check Box Your PFD is good to go!



Inflatable PFD 2 Month Inspection

1 Oral Inflation Valve Test
Fully inflate the PFD using the oral inflator, and then hold the valve under water. If bubbles appear, deflate the PFD and re-inflate it again.
2 Leak Test
To test for air leakage, orally inflate your PFD until firm and then let it sit inflated for 16 hours. A PFD with a leak in it will not hold its firmness and should be replaced.
3 Bobbin Inspection and Replacement
Your inflatable PFD may use a bobbin activation system. This is a yellow “pill” with white powder inside. When the white powder dissolves, it activates a pin that punctures the CO2 cylinder and inflates your PFD. Inspect the pill to make sure it’s still intact and replace the pill if it looks compromised.
Check Box Your PFD is good to go!




1 Perform a thorough Visual Inspection
2 Perform the Oral Inflation Valve Test
3 Perform the Leak Test
4 Clean the inflatable PFD
5 Check for dirt and corrosion and replace all corroded parts
6 Record “Annual” in permanent ink on the PFD service record label
Check Box Your PFD is good to go!


IMPORTANT: The instructions outlined here are general. For information specific to your PFD, please refer to your product manual. Manuals, instructional videos, and other documentation are available in the support tab of your product page on our website.

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