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BoatUS: Prep your inflatable life jacket for the season

With their small size, inflatable life jackets keep you cool on a hot day, allow you to freely move around the boat, cast a line or raise sail, and come in a variety of belt and harness styles.

While inflatables have a reputation for comfort, they do require a little preparation for the season that’s best done at least a day before your first outing.

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is offering a quick five-step prep for your inflatable life jacket.

If you’d like some help inspecting and repacking belt pack and harness style inflatable life jackets, videos can be found at