Suiting Up: Knowing Your Life Jacket

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Suiting Up: Knowing Your Life Jacket - Quiz

Anytime anyone goes boating there's always a chance of falling overboard. Most boaters who drown do so within sight of a potential rescuer, and would likely have been saved had they remained afloat just a few moments longer. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are designed to save lives, let's see how much you know about them now that you've completed the modules.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    If you are an experienced boater and a strong swimmer, there is a low risk of drowning.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Drowning is always possible and has nothing to do with competency or experience.

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  • 2. 

    If you are in shallow water or close to shore, there is no need to wear a life jacket while on a boat.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Drowning can occur in both shallow and deep water.

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  • 3. 

    Life jackets restrict movement on the boat and can interfere with your boating activities.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Personal Flotation Devices are comfortable and can be worn over bathing suits or clothing. It is often too late to try to put on a life jacket once you have fallen overboard.

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  • 4. 

    Wearing a life jacket is a sign of fear and a lack of confidence.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Refusing to wear a life jacket is a sign of ignorance.

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  • 5. 

    A life jacket is designed to keep your head above water and let you maintain a position that allows proper breathing should you fall in.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This is especially true of Type 1 life vests.

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  • 6. 

    Which life vest is recommended for the open seas and rough waters?

    • A.

      Offshore life jacket

    • B.

      Nearshore vest

    • C.

      Flotation Aids

    Correct Answer
    A. Offshore life jacket
    Explanation
    This can be used for adults and children. It is recommended for open sea travel where there is a potential that rescue will be delayed.

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  • 7. 

    What is a good example of a throwable flotation device?

    • A.

      A seat cushion

    • B.

      A stick

    • C.

      A beach ball

    • D.

      A styrofoam cooler top

    Correct Answer
    D. A styrofoam cooler top
    Explanation
    A styrofoam cooler top is a good example of a throwable flotation device because it is made of lightweight and buoyant material, which allows it to float on water. It can be easily thrown to someone in need of assistance in the water, providing them with a floating platform to hold onto and stay afloat until help arrives.

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  • 8. 

    A life jacket can protect me against hypothermia and injury should i fall overboard.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A life jacket provides extra protective padding and insulation when you are in the water.

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  • 9. 

    Life jackets used by water skiers are appropriate for boaters as well since any life jacket will save your life on the open seas.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    No, there are different types of life vests for different activities. A life jacket used by a water skier will not turn the unconscious swimmer into a face up position, and will not help the boater keep his head above the water especially in the open seas.

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  • 10. 

    A life jacket needs to support all of my weight.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    No, a life jacket simply needs to displace enough water to keep your head out of the water. Your body is already naturally buoyant in the ocean.

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