POD-8 Life Raft

Designed for and used by the United States Coast Guard as their lightweight, air-droppable 8-person search and rescue raft. 


Quality Construction

Heat-sealed seams

The POD-8 is constructed of an extra-large diameter tube providing over 200 pounds of buoyancy per person with inner sleeves providing complete redundancy in the event of a puncture. Most single tube life rafts have two separate air chambers with internal airtight bulkheads, where a puncture or leak in either chamber will result in the loss of half the raft's floor area. The SWITLIK POD-8 has two separate chambers using internal sleeves that perform like the inner tube of a car tire that can be manually inflated if a puncture occurs, in order to retain the buoyancy of the tube.

POD-8 front

Complete Stability

to stay in place

As the key component to our best-in-class stability, the Toroidal Stability Device (TSD) features complete wrap-around ballasting covering the entire perimeter of the underside of the raft with multiple weighted, water-holding chamber. The TSD makes this raft nearly impossible to overturn in even some of the most severe sea conditions.


to fit your needs


  • Loose Raft, Part #: POD-8001-5,
    NSN: 4220-01-475-9317
  • Valise Pack, Part #: POD-8001-6
POD-8 case

Technical Specifications

Buoyancy Tube Diameter: 14.75"
Freeboard: 14.75"
Inflated Raft Dimensions: 95" flat to flat, 103" corner to corner
Floor Area (total): 24.8 sq. ft.
Floor Area (per person): 3.1 sq. ft. per person
Buoyancy in Salt Water: 1,687 lbs.
Operating Pressure: 2 p.s.i.
Operating Temperature Range: -40 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit
Inflation System: air - 2 each 125 cu in each
Buoyancy Tube Fabric: 210 Denier Nylon, Polyurethane Double Coated Fabric
Weight in Valise 55 lbs.
Valise Dimensions 33" L x 20" W x 11" H
Valise Material Cordura



  • Two air holding chambers with internal sleeves providing complete redundancy in the event of a puncture
  • Four boarding ladders
  • Torodial Stability Device featuring complete wrap-around ballasting
  • Supports 8 people
  • Standard equipment with a hand pump and two PRV Caps


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