The best lifejacket is the one you will wear – that’s why inflatable PFDs are the smart choice for fishermen.
Getting out on the water to boat and fish is about escaping from stress and worry, but boating isn’t entirely carefree. Accidents can happen in an instant and, unfortunately, the results can be tragic.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 80% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims, 83% were not wearing a life jacket.
No matter how you choose to enjoy the water, life jackets are a key part of boating safety. A life jacket, or PFD (personal flotation device), allows you to stay afloat if you fall into the water. To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard Approved life jacket for each person aboard.
Simply having a life jacket aboard is not the same as wearing one. Required or not, the best way to minimize the risk of drowning is by wearing a lifejacket at all times on the water. We all know this, yet few of us follow that advice.
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Life jackets can be bulky, warm, uncomfortable, and restrict movement, which is a real issue for fishermen. Fishermen should look for life jackets that have a low-bulk design around the shoulders, neck and sides, allowing their arms to be more mobile.
Another option is an inflatable PFD. An inflatable PFD, rather than one that is inherently buoyant, is one way to keep bulk at a minimum. Inflatable PFDs are designed to be inflated once you are already overboard, usually with a small pull tab. Inflatable Life Jackets are U.S. Coast Guard approved, and all inflatables contain a backup oral inflation tube.
Remember, a wearable lifejacket can save your life – but only if you wear it.
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