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Cool water sports life jackets give older boat kids a reason to love life jackets again

There comes a time when some kids become reluctant to put on a life jacket. As they grow up they want to feel independent and wearing a life jacket seems “less cool”.

That’s when you know you need to ramp up the cool factor and introduce them to water sports life jackets.

bulky life jacketMy seven year old daughter recently went through this life jacket transformation. She still needs to wear a life jacket when cruising and swimming in the river but she feels like she shouldn’t have to because she knows how to swim. But even anchored out we are not ready to have her swim in the river without a life jacket. With the current and sometimes deeper water we are not ready for her to swim without one.

Earlier in the season we bought her a larger size youth life jacket, but she wasn’t too thrilled with the fit or the style. She was not interested in wearing it at all. So we bought her a new water sport life jacket that had a better fit and cool style.

Here are some great choices for youth water sports life jackets found on West Marine and Amazon.

(Note that costs are based on the time of the post and are subject to change. West Marine also often has seasonal specials available around the holidays and end/beginning of boating season. BoaterKids.com is affiliated with both West Marine and Amazon and receives a small commission if you purchase through links provided.)

 

O'Neill Water Sports Life Jacket
O’Neill Water Sports Life Jacket

O’Neill Assault Water Sports Life Jacket 

Product Description: This high-performance vest features integrated lumbar support pads for great stability and comfort during wild rides on the wake. Anatomical flex points and a segmented foam core offer minimal bulk and freedom of movement. Fluid foam neoprene shell. Super-strong, “bulletproof” seams and overlock stitching for long-lasting durability. Dual belts with quick-release safety buckles for a secure fit.

Cost: $89

Where to Buy: Available at WestMarine.com


 

West Marine Kid's Neoprene Jacket
West Marine Kid’s Neoprene Jacket

West Marine Kid’s Neoprene Water Sports Jacket (RED)

Product Description: These vests are constructed of stretchable, lightweight Rapid Dry material, with a Flex-Back and sculpted foam to provide a custom fit and greater comfort during active water sports. Weight 50-90 lbs.

Cost: $54.99

Where to Buy: Available at WestMarine.com


 

West Marine Kid's Neoprene Jacket
West Marine Kid’s Neoprene Jacket

West Marine Kid’s Neoprene Water Sports Jacket (BLUE)

Product Description: These vests are constructed of stretchable, lightweight Rapid Dry material, with a Flex-Back and sculpted foam to provide a custom fit and greater comfort during active water sports. Weight 50-90 lbs.

Cost: $54.99

Where to Buy:  Available at WestMarine.com


 

Body Glove Neoprene Life Vests
Body Glove Neoprene Life Vests

 

Body Glove Youth Neoprene Life Vest

Product Description: A great choice for waterskiing or just riding in a boat. This Body Glove neoprene Youth’s U.S Coast Guard floatation vest is very comfortable you will hardly know that you have it on. Comes in Pink/Black, Red/Black or Blue/Yellow. Weight 50-90 lbs.

Cost: $60

Where to Buy: Available on Amazon


 

Stearn's Hydroprene Jacket
Stearn’s Hydroprene Jacket

Stearn’s Youth Hydroprene Jacket

Product Description: Keep your youngster safe, cool and comfortable on the water with the Stearns Youth Hydroprene Life Jacket. Hydroprene construction makes this Life Vest durable, lightweight and breathable. PVC foam in front and PE foam in back provide superior flotation. The 1.5″ webbing and strong buckles are durable and secure. Weight 50-90 lbs.

Cost: $40

Where to Buy: Available on Amazon


Hyperlite Indy Youth Jacket
Hyperlite Indy Youth Jacket

 

Hyperlite Indy Junior Life Vest (Pink)

Product Description: Keep your little one safe and protected out on the water with the Hyperlite Youth Indy Vest. This vest is Coast Guard Approved and designed for children 50-90 pounds. Two buckle and zipper closure will keep your child secure in the vest and the girl specific colors will have your little Diva looking stylish out on the water.

Cost: $50

Where to Buy: Available on Amazon

 


Hyperlite Water Sports Jacket
Hyperlite Water Sports Jacket

HyperLite Indy Junior Life Vest (Blue)

Product Description: The Hyperlite Youth Indy vest is a USCGA vest designed to keep the young guns safe while riding the wake, cruising the beach of chilling at the pool. Killer graphics and concealed straps keep them looking good while they are enjoying the water. Weight 50-90 lbs.

Cost: $50

Where to Buy: Available on Amazon


 

O'Neill waterski vest
O’Neill Waterski Life Vest

O’Neill Wake Waterski Life Vest (Multiple Colors)

Product Description: Wakeboard and Waterski Vest from O’Neill is a full neoprene life jacket ideal for youth water sports. Comes in three different color choices for boys and girls. Weight 50-90 lbs.
Cost: $50

Where to Buy: Available on Amazon


A youth water sports life jacket is the perfect way to ramp up the cool factor for your boater kid – while keeping them safe on the water!




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Diane Seltzer

Founder at BoaterKids.com
Diane is the founder of BoaterKids.com as well as the boating lifestyle site MyBoatLife.com. Active in the boating industry, Diane is the marketing director for SureShade, maker of patented retractable boat shade systems, and founder of Marine Marketing Tools, a collaborative site for sharing marine marketing best practices. Diane is also author of the children's book The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl.

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