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Old 05.06.2011, 20:32
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Marine life vest for a child / Zürich

My son's godfather has invited us for a sailing trip next week. Wife and the daughter don't want to join, so I am traveling there together with the boy. My son is 4 years old.

Do you know where to go & purchase a good pair of marine life vest in / near Zürich? Any good outdoor sport shop that also caters for marine and sailing gear?

(I searched the forums and found many shops that are specialized for mountain sports, but did not find marine shop)
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Old 05.06.2011, 20:41
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My son's godfather has invited us for a sailing trip next week. Wife and the daughter don't want to join, so I am traveling there together with the boy. My son is 4 years old.

Do you know where to go & purchase a good pair of marine life vest in / near Zürich? Any good outdoor sport shop that also caters for marine and sailing gear?

(I searched the forums and found many shops that are specialized for mountain sports, but did not find marine shop)
Have you tried this place ?

A start at least
You may have to search for "Rettungsweste" on line or a similar German word

http://www.boat24.com/en/haendler/
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Old 05.06.2011, 20:46
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Re: Marine life vest for a child / Zürich

There is a marine suppy store in Enge near to the corner of Alfred-Escher-Strasse & General-Wilie-Strasse.
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Re: Marine life vest for a child / Zürich

For the life jacket, Migros is probably your best bet - The sports shop extension.
http://www.sportxx.ch/g3.cms/s_page/..._level/5007070

Here are the locations in Zurich
http://www.sportxx.ch/g3.cms/s_page/...e/filialfinder
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Re: Marine life vest for a child / Zürich

I love going round 'Compass' on the Zürcherstrasse in Altendorf; this is their on-line shop.
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Re: Marine life vest for a child / Zürich

This is the biggest specialty sailing shop in Zürich: http://yachting-systems.ch/home.html. It is near Enge. They will certainly have what you need.
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Re: Marine life vest for a child / Zürich

That is the one I was thinking of, thanks for putting a name to it .

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This is the biggest specialty sailing shop in Zürich: http://yachting-systems.ch/home.html. It is near Enge. They will certainly have what you need.
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Re: Marine life vest for a child / Zürich

Aldi has them on sale tomorrow for 29.90 for children and adults.
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Re: Marine life vest for a child / Zürich

Dear OP,

In CH, the life jackets, specially for kids, are required to be of a certain type with certain characteristics. For example, a) designed with a "head support band" so it will keep the head out of the water, b) have different size foams on it so it turns the body right side up in the water, c) has to support a certain force and not submerge in the water on impact (i.e. person wearing it will not submerge), d) has to have a wistle/nose maker etc. etc. Not sure if a light is required or not. These child jackets come in different sizes, based on the weight of the child.

For children, the jacket also has to have additional straps that needs to be wrapped around one leg, so if the child falls into the water, the child will not slip out of the jacket . . .

A normal water skiing jacket or regular life vest is not it.
e.g. lake police will not accept these types of life jackets for children:
- http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...classNum=10502
- http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...classNum=10496

They will accept lifejackets like this one with the collar:
- http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...classNum=10495

If your child does not have the right type of jacket on, the lake police can stop and give his god father a ticket for it.

Plus it is the right thing to do, from a safety/ risk perspective.

I have seen them priced CHF 45-60.

I am not certain that those sold in Aldi and other places will fit the requirements the lake police will be looking for. And the lake police do look, specially if there are children aboard.

Nutical stores selling wastersports gear will know exactly which one your child needs.

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Re: Marine life vest for a child / Zürich

they have lots of life vests in all sizes and personel knowledgable about them at the bauhaus in Schlieren: www.bauhaus.ch
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