For Safety and Peace of Mind: Stearns Puddle Jumper Basic Life Jacket for Children

Among some of the fondest memories I’ve had when being raised in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, is when spring was ending and the warmer weather started to make the cool lakes fit for swimming in, even for us kids, it usually resulted in us telling our observing and watchful parents that the lake was like bath water, in order to talk them into entering into the water with us.

That strategy didn’t work more than once or twice a year, with one of them I think, probably being a deliberate response from our parents to bite the bullet and take a cold swim with us kids.



If you’ve ever swam in the frigid water of Lake Superior, it wouldn’t even work one time. Unless a warm current warmed up the shoreline, it didn’t matter what the temperature was, the water was cold beyond what most people could imagine that have never taken a dip in the giant, cold, clear lake.

Anyway, it’s that fun time of year again when we look forward to swimming with our children or grandchildren, and with safety being an important part of swimming and water activities on a lake or in a pool, it’s vital to have our children properly equipped to enjoy the water while significantly limiting the risk.

Stearns Puddle Jumper Basic Life Jacket‘ is a must for those wanting to provide an element of safety while their young children or grandchildren play in the water, without it being intrusive. It doesn’t take long for them to adjust to the life jacket and focus on having fun in the pool or lake they may be swimming in.

The Stearns Puddle Jumper Basic Life Jacket is a Type V/III life jacket that is U.S. Coast Guard-approved for kids. It is also certified for use on boats, and is designed for children weighing in a range of 30 to 50 pounds; although a number of people I know that have used them, say the life jacket can handle more that weight. The thing to keep in mind there is whether or not the life jacket will fit the child if they’re thicker around the waste area. It’s also important to understand we’re not talking about a lot above the 50 pound weight.

An easy-to-use adjustable buckle snaps in the back and provides a comfortable fit for the child.

Oh yes, and when the children call for you to come in the warm pool or lake water, be sure to dip your toe or hand in first to see the temperature of the water you’ll be dealing with. Remember the little tricks you used when trying to convince your parents to come swimming with you.

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