A PFD (Personal Flotation Device) may be the only thing that saves your life.
If you are planning on doing any kayaking, a PFD (Personal flotation device) is a must. Considering how dangerous the water can be if you don’t have one, there’s no reason to risk your life. In fact, risking your life would be very foolish when it is so easy to make sure that you are safe when you’re on the water.
If you’re looking to buy a personal flotation device for use when kayaking, there are a few things that you should consider first. Your weight is one of them. While there are several times in your life when you might feel more comfortable lying about your weight, this is a bad time to do that. The reason you need to know how much you weigh is that that will be a good indication of which PFD you need to buy. Different models are designed to provide flotation for people of different sizes. Therefore, you need to find one that will fit you in order for it to be effective.
You will also want to make sure that your PFD will fit into your kayak and will allow you to do what you need to. Therefore, you should probably go with a Type III Personal flotation device. These are the thinnest types of PFDs and are designed for situations when the person using it will still be awake enough to paddle or swim to safety. The reason you should use one of these in a kayak is that you will more than likely still be conscious if your kayak capsizes – and the thicker flotation devices may not fit into your kayak.
While you can probably find a PFD for cheap, this is one of those situations when you’re better off paying a little bit extra to make sure that you get a good Personal flotation device. When it might be a matter of life or death, the last thing you want to do is get caught with a PFD that simply will not do the job.
You should also make sure that your PFD fits you well enough to keep you above the water if you need it. The way you do this is to put on the PFD and adjust it appropriately. Then, have a friend or family member give the vest a sharp tug to try and pull it off your head. If it moves too far (2 or 3 centimeters), then you should look for a tighter personal flotation device. The last thing you want is to fall out of it when you need it to survive.
Since the water can be dangerous – even if it seemed perfectly safe moments before, it is a good idea to make sure that you have a personal flotation device before you decide to go paddling.