edition

2016

title

Project of personal flotation device designed for water sports’ enthusiasts

author

Julia Grochal (PL)

e-mail

iuw.watersports@gmail.com

project website

http://juliagrochal.allyou.net/7057129/iuw

degree

M.A. project

school

University of Arts in Poznań

Faculty of Architecture and Design

supervisor

Prof. Jadwiga Filipiak

This is a project of a personal flotation device (PFD) designed to be used in enclosed bodies of water. It is supposed to combine the characteristics of a life vest and a life buoy and it fulfils the requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. The PFD should also aid the process of pulling the person out of water onshore or aboard a boat. The durable belt made of polyester tape enables a secure grip during rescue operations. Polymer of low density used as a filler allowed shaping the whole form so that it fits the human body as best as possible. Despite its small size, the device provides sufficient buoyancy to keep the user on the water’s surface and at the same time it doesn’t restrict his or her movements.