CE Categories Explained

It is important that you pick the correct CE Category to suit your type of activity and experience.

150 N

150 Newton Inflatable Lifejacket

Activity: Yachting, Sportsboat, Powerboat (including RIBs). Widely used for providing safety cover for dinghies and by those teaching yachting, sports and powerboat classes.

Suitability: Suitable for Swimmers and Non-swimmers

Conditions: For use in all but the most severe conditions

Assurance: They give reasonable assurance of safety from drowning, to people not fully capable of helping themselves

Protection: May not immediately self-right an unconscious user wearing heavy waterproof clothing. Equivalent performance to previous BSI Approved Lifejackets.

EN (European Standard Number) : EN 396 or EN12402-3

100 N

100 Newton FOAM Buoyancy Aid

Activity: Dinghy Sailing, Sportsboat, Powerboat (including RIBs). Ideal for non-active roles on board yachts and motorboats.

Suitability: Swimmers and Non-swimmers in Inshore & Coastal waters

Conditions: They give a reasonable assurance of safety from drowning in relatively calm waters

Assurance: They give a reasonable assurance of safety from drowning in relatively calm waters

Protection: Not guaranteed to self-right an unconscious user wearing waterproof clothing and should not be expected to protect the airway of an unconscious person in rough water.

EN (European Standard Number): EN 395 or EN12402-4

50 N
50 Newton FOAM Buoyancy Aid

Activity: Dinghy Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Waterskiing, Kite Surfing. A variety of active recreational surface watersports.

Suitability: Only suitable for competent swimmers

Conditions: Sheltered water use where help is close at hand.

Assurance: Sheltered water use where help is close at hand.

Protection: Only provides support to conscious people who can help themselves.

EN (European Standard Number): EN 393 or EN12402-5

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