Proper fitting life jackets will help keep your head above the water. If its too big,the life jacket will ride up around your face. It its too small, it will not be able to keep your body afloat.
Use these tips when trying the life jacket on for size. Check the manufacturer™s label to ensure that the life jacket is Coast Guard approved and is a proper fit for your size and weight.
Make sure the jacket is properly fastened.
Make sure the jacket fits snug so that it will not slip over your head. Gently pull up the arm holes to make sure the jacket does not ride up over your ears.
Life jackets designed for adults will not work for children. Choose proper sized kids life jackets.
For more information on how to choose a life jacket check out this handy guide from the United States Coast Guard.