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