EN 13138-2:2021

Buoyant aids for swimming instruction - Part 2: Safety requirements and test methods for buoyant aids to be held

Publication date:   Dec 16, 2021

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60.60 Standard published   Oct 13, 2021


CEN/TC 162 Protective clothing including hand and arm protection and lifejackets

European Norm

13.340.70   Lifejackets, buoyancy aids and flotation devices | 97.220.40   Outdoor and water sports equipment



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This document specifies safety requirements for construction, performance, sizing and marking for swimming devices intended to assist users with movement through the water in the early stages of water awareness, while learning to swim or while learning part of a swimming stroke. It also gives methods of test for verification of these requirements.
This part 2 of EN 13138 applies only to class C swimming devices that are designed to be held in the hands or by the body. Typical swimming devices include kick boards and pull/kick boards. These swimming devices are used to assist in learning to swim or to assist with swimming strokes and improving specific elements of the stroke, which have either inherent buoyancy or can be inflated.
It does not apply to pull buoys, swim rings, lifebuoys, buoyancy aids, lifejackets or aquatic toys.

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EN 13138-2:2014


EN 13138-2:2021
60.60 Standard published
Oct 13, 2021