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How to choose a lifejacket

How to choose a lifejacket Choosing the right lifejacket is essential for being safe on the water. There are a few factors to consider when deciding which one is needed. Activity The first thing to do is consider the activity you need the jacket for. This will quickly determine whether a buoyancy aid, a foam lifejacket or a gas lifejacket is best suited. There may be a slight cross over in some activities, but generally there is a jacket that is right for the purpose. If the activity is close to shore, where help is near and / or you can swim to safety and you are very likely to end up in the water, then you can look at a buoyancy aid. This will include activities such as dinghy sailing, standing up paddle boarding, wake boarding, kayaking, and water skiing. If you can’t swim or aren’t competent then a 100N foam lifejacket is probably more suitable. Read more about Buoyancy aids here If the activity is in coastal waters and help might not be so close to hand then a 100N foam or 150N inflatable lifejacket would be recommended. Inflatable (gas) lifejackets inflate when either the wearer falls into […] read more
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