Force 6 PFDs | NRS PFDs | Stearns Industrial PFDs | PDFs Personal Flotation Devices | Public Safety and Water Rescue PFDs | Scuba Center has been selling quality public safety diving and water rescue equipment since 1973. You will find support for a wide range of Surface Water Rescue and Public Safety Diving equipment at our Eagan, Minnesota location.


Scuba Center is a SAM ( formerly CCR ) registered supplier for the United States Government.  Our customers include: U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Federal Government Agencies, Law Enforcement Agencies, Search and Rescue (SAR) Teams, Fire Departments, State and Local Government agencies, Commercial Diving Companies, School Districts, Television and Movie production companies, and many others.
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Equip your team for Public Safety Diving | Available at Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota Public Safety & Water Rescue PFDs Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota has the equipment you need to prepare your team for Water Rescue missions

If you require assistance selecting appropriate items for your Public Safety Diving Team and/or Surface Water Rescue Team, we are here to help. Please contact our Public Safety Sales Dept. at (651) 681-8434 or email

Extrasport Swiftwater rescue PFDsExtrasport started back in 1975—to keep it safe on the water. Since then they’ve focused on designing and manufacturing the best PFDs around. Their jackets are durable, comfortable and innovative. Wherever safety is needed most, rescue experts turn to Extrasport® Swiftwater® rescue PFDs. The right equipment can mean the difference between success and failure, life and death. Their accomplished Swiftwater® rescue line is often called to unexpected places and dangerous water conditions.

Extrasport Universal Rescuer Swiftwater PFD | Available at Scuba Center in Eagan, MinnesotaExtrasport Universal Rescuer
Type V PFD


Firstwatch Gear | For flotation garments that work as hard as you do, whether you work or play on the water, let Firstwatch Gear be the Flotation That You Can Live In.When the call goes out for safety, comfort, durability, and design in personal marine protective gear - we'll take the First Watch. First watch knows that when working in extreme conditions, the garments you wear can’t be a hindrance or obstacle. And the flotation Device needs to be rugged and well constructed, using top quality fabrics, straps, zippers and components.

Firstwatch AI-150 WaveBarrier Inflatable PFD | Firstwatch WaveBarrier™ Inflatable
AI-150A / AI-150M
USCG Type V with Type III PFD (Manual)
Type II (Automatic)


Force 6 Water Rescue PFDs | Distributed by Stohlquist | In early 2004, Stohlquist and Aqua Lung joined together as partners to capitalize on the synergies each has in the personal flotation business, both above and below the water. As president, Jim Stohlquist continues to steer the company providing the leadership, vision and guidance from a strong platform of partners at Aqua Lung. | Force 6 Instructor | Force 6 RescuerForce 6 Safety Products are the designers and manufacturers of the world's best Swiftwater Rescue PFD. They also provide the finest equipment available for the Rescue professional. Be they Fire, Law Enforcement or Military.

Force 6 Rescuer PFD | SRT Rescuer | CertifiedForce 6 Rescuer Certified


UL Listed, USCG approved. Type V Professional

NRS PFDs | Swiftwater Rescue EquipmentNRS Rescue is a leading provider of the highest quality swiftwater rescue equipment available. They supply a wide selection of PFDs, rafts, rope, throw bags, dry suits, wetsuits, knives, helmets, instructional rescue books and safety videos.

NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD | Type V PFD. 22 lbs of flotation, adjustability to fit chest sizes from 30 to 58 inches, and all the features you will ever need in a rescue vest. The NRS Rapid Rescuer can handle any situation.NRS Rapid Rescuer
Type V PFD


Stearns Industrial PFDs | Industrial, Safety, and Rescue Equipment | Stearns Industrial PFDs | This is a line of life jackets made for professional use in demanding environments. Our commercial life vests are for those who make their living in and on the water. Commercial life vests, search and rescue life jackets, and law enforcement life vest offerings are all part of the Stearns line of personal flotation devices. | Available at Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota Stearns has grown from a small Minnesota company to become the World's largest manufacturer of PFDs ( personal flotation devices ). Since 1948, innovative industrial, survival and rescue equipment has been at the center of their business. Stearns Industrial products for Public Safety, Marine Rescue and Survival are widely recognized as industry leaders. The US Coast Guard, US Navy and many NATO Countries can be found among their major clients. 

Stearns I426 Comfort SAR PFD | USCG Approved Type III PFD | We took our Search and Rescue (SAR) vest and added a soft, lightweight mesh designed for comfort and ventilation. Soft Aquafoam™ combined with durable Crosstech® foam adds extra comfort. Two 1 1/2" encircling belts, adjustable chest strap and zipper front for optimal fit and security. Two pockets with hook and loop closure. Rolled, stand-up collar; 62 sq. in. (400 sq. cm.) SOLAS-grade reflective tape. | Stearns Industrial / Search and Rescue PFDs Stearns I426
Comfort SAR Vest


Closeout Special

Stearns I465 Versatile PFD | USCG Approved Type III PFD | Stearns Industrial Water Rescue PFDs | Closeout Sale | Special Discounted Price Stearns I465

Closeout Special

Stearns 4185 SAR PFD | USCG Approved Type III PFD | Security and comfort for water rescue personnel. Fleece-lined handwarmer pockets with zippered and pleated gear storage compartments. Leg strap with storage pocket, three 2" wide adjustable belts, emergency whistle, SOLAS-grade 3M reflective material on panels, and pockets with velcro patch for light. | Stearns Industrial / Search and Rescue PFDs Stearns 4185
SAR Vest

Closeout Special


Stearns Industrial search and rescue gear offers the best in protective outerwear. Disaster response doesn’t wait for you to go get the right gear. Be prepared, and limit your exposure with the best protective gear available. | Stearns Industrial PFDs available at Scuba Center in Eagan, Minnesota Stearns Industrial sizing charts

Types of US Coast Guard Approved PFDs

  • Type I: (Off-Shore Life Jacket) -- For open, rough or remote water, where rescue may be slow coming.

  • Type II: (Near-Shore Buoyant Vest) -- For calm, inland water, or where there is good chance of fast rescue.

  • Type III: (Flotation Aid) -- For calm, inland water, or where there is good chance of fast rescue. The most comfortable for continuous wear.

  • Type IV: (Throwable Devices) -- For calm, inland water with heavy boat traffic where help is nearby.

  • Type V: (Special Use Devices) -- For special uses/conditions. Examples: Industrial Work Suits, Cold Water Immersion Suits, Work Vests and some inflatable PFDs.

Check out the official website of the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety.

Learn how to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities while boating. Review safety tips, news, recalls, defects, and laws and regulations you should know.

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While these are excellent reference materials, in no way should this information be considered a replacement for proper training for the specific type of activity in which you plan to participate.