Our family is headed for a multinight/day stay on a houseboat anchored in one place surrounded by water. I have a very busy curious boy who will be required to wear a lifejacket at all times onboard and off. I'm looking for help in finding the right lifejacket for our situation.
DS is very petite, only about 28 pounds I believe. We currently have a lifejacket for him like this http://www.boatinggearcenter.com/p-9148-stearns-child-youth-boating-vest.aspx but we tried it out yesterday and while DS ADORES the water and spends enormous amounts of time underwater (no float device) in the shallow end, he panics over his head and somehow manages to swallow huge amounts of water in this lifejacket. NOT what I want should he fall (or jump) off the boat. And considering we will be in the water where we cant touch, not a good option for relaxing in the water to stay cool in the 110 degree weather.
Suggestions? I need him to stay afloat without turning on his face in the lifejacket. At the same time, since he is wearing it 24/7, I'd prefer something not so bulky.