EN 13138-1:2021

Buoyant aids for swimming instruction - Part 1: Safety requirements and test methods for buoyant aids to be worn

Publication date:   Dec 16, 2021

General information

60.60 Standard published   Oct 20, 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 and in water performance requirements for construction, sizing, marking and information supplied by the manufacturer for swimming aids intended to ensure a degree of buoyancy to assist beginners with movement through the water while learning to swim or while learning part of a swimming stroke. It also gives methods of test for verification of these requirements.
This document applies only to swimming devices that are designed to be worn, to be securely attached to the body and which have either inherent buoyancy or can be inflated. It only applies to class B swimming devices intended to introduce the user to the range of swimming strokes.
It does not apply to class A or class C swimming devices, to pull buoys, swim rings, lifebuoys, buoyancy aids, lifejackets or aquatic toys.
This document is not applicable for products known as 'baby neck rings' aiming to keep the user's airways above the water level.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment and repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC


Life cycle


EN 13138-1:2014


EN 13138-1:2021
60.60 Standard published
Oct 20, 2021


EN 13138-1:2021/AC:2022