EN 13138-3:2021

Buoyant aids for swimming instruction - Part 3: Safety requirements and test methods for swim seats into which a user is positioned

Publication date:   Dec 16, 2021

General information

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 design, sizing, materials, strength and in-water performance as well as provisions for marking and the information supplied by the manufacturer for swim seats. It also specifies the relevant test methods. This document is not applicable to products covered by EN 13138 1 and EN 13138 2.
This document applies only to swimming devices into which the user is placed and which have either inherent buoyancy or can be inflated or a combination of both. It only applies to class A swimming devices intended to introduce the user to the water environment. These swimming devices are only intended for children aged up to 36 months with a body mass less than or equal to 19 kg. It does not apply to class B or class C swimming devices, to pull buoys, lifebuoys, buoyancy aids, lifejackets or aquatic toys.

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EN 13138-3:2014


EN 13138-3:2021
60.60 Standard published
Oct 13, 2021