Big Changes Ahead for Personal Floatation Devices, But When?

first_imgType V: Speciality LifejacketsThese vests are made for specific activities, and are only safe when used according to each one’s designated standards. Some whitewater and small boat PFDs are classified as Type V, especially rescue vests with added belts, rings, and tow lines. Otherwise, Type V is the grab-bag category for whatever doesn’t fit any of the other qualifications, including full-body suits, decksuits, and hybrid vests.These categories are pretty confusing for the average buyer. First, the categories don’t follow an incremental pattern. The Coast Guard uses a system of increasing numbers from I to V, which under most other conditions would suggest that higher numbers correspond to higher value. Type I, according to instinct, would offer the least protection while Type V would be the most secure. But the PFD system completely ignores this natural pattern and instead assigns each number a rather random definition, where number value and item quality don’t necessarily correlate. This makes it difficult to understand what the categories really mean, and can keep people from choosing the right kind of device to best keep them safe. Plus, this system is completely unique to the United States. Boaters from outside the country trying to find an American vest, or vice versa, can’t rely on the same scale from place to place.Anything that complicates such an important safety choice constitutes a problem, and the Coast Guard has finally realized that it’s time for a total revamp.So get ready to say goodbye to the frustrating five type code system and welcome in a new standard – but don’t get too excited just yet. These big developments likely won’t take the stage until 2017, and the Coast Guard won’t share any further information until the slow process reaches its final stages. For the time being, we can count on a few precious details concerning the overhaul: the Coast Guard plans to focus on moving toward a more universal PFD standard in line with other countries, to entirely replace the I-V type code system, to create more PFD variety, and to more clearly differentiate between models.— Images courtesy of Mustang Survival (types I, II, IV, V) and NRS (type III). Type IV: Throwable Floatation AidsThink buoys, cushions, and life rings here. Type IV aids can’t be worn, and therefore are really only worthwhile to keep stored on larger vessels.PFD5 Type II: Near-shore LifejacketsThe little brother of Type I vests, these are lighter and smaller but don’t have nearly the same long-term abilities. Type II PFDs are meant for calm and easily accessible areas, like flatwater riverbanks and oceanfronts no further than the breakers. Take these guys to the beach, but switch to Type I before heading out much deeper.pfd3 Type III: Floatation AidsSomething a little more familiar. Most recreational and sport PFDs fall under this category, from fishing vests to whitewater jackets. They’re sleek, streamlined, and lightweight, and usually the most comfortable out of the whole range. While Type III’s still can’t boast the same top-notch protection in deepwater or during long waits for rescue as Type I, they still make the best option for small boat activities.PFD4 Paddling is often about taking risks and getting out of your comfort zone: jumping on that big wave, taking a dive into a deep hole, navigating a new stretch of blinding whitewater. But risky doesn’t have to mean dangerous. Safe paddling is fun paddling, and the most important challenge for any boater is to keep out of harm’s way in the midst of so much adventure.Good paddling skills and a reliable whitewater team are only half the battle – the rest lies in the gear. Throwing on a helmet and a lifejacket before hitting the waves seems simple enough, but the number of factors involved in buying, fitting, and understanding these pieces of equipment can make adopting these crucial safety precautions easier said than done.The big news right now is the U.S. Coast Guard recently announced that they are evaluating the current PFD (personal floatation devices, or life jackets) classification system and that changes are on the way. Look for a new rating system by Spring 2016. The next step in PFD design and marketing has been a long time coming, and the wait only continues for now. But positive change is on the way, and watersports participants can look forward to this giant step ahead.Currently, PFDs follow a special rating system consisting of five categories. Here’s the low-down (expect this system to become simplified and easier to understand):PFD1Type I: Off-shore LifejacketsThese PFDs are what you’ll usually see on your typical ship or boat. They’re the most common and versatile option for general water activities, and are designed with deeper or more isolated conditions in mind (such as in the ocean). Big, bulky, and buoyant, Type I PFDs will certainly keep you afloat but can be a burden to wear.PFD2last_img read more

Declaraciones grabadas del Gobernador Wolf sobre la extensión del cierre de las escuelas durante el resto del año académico

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 09, 2020 Education,  Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Las declaraciones del Gobernador Tom Wolf con respecto a su anuncio del día hoy que señala que las escuelas permanecerán cerradas durante el resto del año académico 2019-20 están disponibles para descargar. El Gobernador tenía programado realizar las declaraciones durante la sesión informativa de hoy junto con la Secretaria de Salud Dra. Rachel Levine, pero los fuertes vientos interrumpieron la señal del satélite.Recursos para los medios de comunicación:Comunicado de prensaDeclaraciones grabadas del Gobernador WolfMensaje del Gobernador Wolf a alumnos y padresTeleconferencia del Secretario de Educación, Pedro RiveraVer esta página en inglés aquí.center_img Declaraciones grabadas del Gobernador Wolf sobre la extensión del cierre de las escuelas durante el resto del año académicolast_img read more

Andrew Kephart wins Jerry Kaufman 5K

first_imgELLSWORTH — Some 150 runners braved the rain for the ninth annual Jerry Kaufman Memorial 5K on Saturday at the Down East Family YMCA.Ellsworth’s Andrew Kephart, 31, was the first male finisher in 17 minutes and 37 seconds. Mount Desert Island’s Maegan Haney, 38, was the first female in 23:09.Proceeds from the race benefit the ALS Maine Collaborative, Hancock County Home Care & Hospice and the YMCA.The following won their divisions:This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFemale age 0-10: Addison Harper, 9, of Seal Cove (31:15).Male age 0-10: Rowan Tate, 9, of Otis (24:05).Female age 11-19: Carol Smith, 15, of Jonesport (25:43).Male age 11-19: Evan Merchant, 14, of Beals (19:36).Female age 20-29: Veronica Wentworth, 26, of Franklin (23:09).Male age 20-29: Victor Skorapa IV, 21, of Freeport (19:00).Male age 30-39: Brooks Engle, 39, of Surry (49:29).Female age 30-39: Stephanie Dorr, 31, of Milbridge (23:31).Female age 40-49: Tricia Brown, 42, of Cherryfield (23:37).Male age 40-49: Andy Pereira, 47, of Southwest Harbor (19:14).Female age 50-59: Michele Gagnon, 50, of Ellsworth (24:23).Male age 50-59: Andrew Tiemann, 58, of Ellsworth (20:45).Female age 60-69: Jane Ham, 68, of Ellsworth (29:48).Male age 60-69: Bob Ciano, 61, of Castine (18:45).Female age 70+: Virginia Grogean, 74, of Surry (46:30).last_img read more

THE GLOVES ARE OFF: GLENSWILLY AND LETTERKENNY GAELS GET READY FOR ‘FIGHT NIGHT’

first_imgBATTLE OF THE SWILLY II: The gloves are well and truly off, as fighters from Glenswilly and Letterkenny Gaels prepare to meet head on this Sunday at The Silver Tassie. Weeks of intense preparation have been completed, and fighters from both teams are raring to get in to the ring and showcase the skills they’ve honed over the last six weeks.It promises to be a sensational night’s entertainment and a large crowd from both clubs are expected to descend on the venue on Sunday evening. There are some mouth-watering fights down for decision on Sunday, with the main fight taking place between James Pat McDaid and Gerard Gibbons.It’s the second battle of the Swilly to have taking place in recent years, and boxing enthusiasts are hoping it’s as explosive as it was the first time it took place.All the action starts at 7pm at The Silver Tassie Hotel, so make sure and get down early to secure your seat.   THE GLOVES ARE OFF: GLENSWILLY AND LETTERKENNY GAELS GET READY FOR ‘FIGHT NIGHT’ was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Battle of the SwillyboxingGAAglenswillyHome-page SportLetterkenny Gaelsnewslast_img read more