Life Jackets: An Essential Part of Paddlesports

Life Jackets: An Essential Part of Paddlesports

Life Jackets: An Essential Part of Paddlesports

Lifejacket1.jpgHere in the water sports department we often get asked, “Do I need to wear a life jacket when I kayak... even in flat water?”  It is a good question, and it has a really important answer - YES.

Almost all of the US states require you to have a life jacket with you when on the water, no matter the water conditions.  The details will, of course, vary state to state. The key is you should always have a life jacket when heading out for a paddle whether in your kayak or on your paddleboard.  More importantly, you should always be wearing your life jacket when you are paddling.  

It is easy to brush the PFD (personal flotation device - aka lifejacket) off as a non-essential but it is just as important as your paddle and kayak.  You never know what could happen out there and it is always best to be prepared.   Even good swimmers should wear their PFD every time they paddle; never underestimate the power of water!

PFDs are ugly and uncomfortable, right? Who would want to wear them? This is a huge misconception. For a few extra dollars, you can get a PFD that is specifically designed for the recreational paddler.  These are made to fit comfortably with the recreational kayak design and the paddle strokes of a kayaker and they are generally stylish.  You won’t even know you are wearing it!

Lifejacket2.jpgBe sure to check with your state for the specific laws surrounding the use of life jackets.  And, be sure to have a jacket for all the paddlers who are going out on the water.  If you need a place to get a recreational paddling jacket, visit our friends at Sports Authority or Amazon.com. 

Candace

Candace

Candace_Weaver0006w.jpgName- Candace


Position at Lifetime Products- Watersports Marketing Manager for Lifetime and Emotion brand kayaks

How long at Lifetime Products- Since January 2012!  I came as a packaged deal with the acquisition of Emotion Kayaks where I’d been for over a year.


Topics I blog about- Events and news in water sports, places to kayak, and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.

My favorite products from Lifetime- Any of the Kayaks and paddleboards.  One of these days I’ll get my hands on a Fold-up Trailer and a Camp and Tailgate Table!

On a Saturday afternoon you can find me- This question will always depend on the season!  When the weather outside is frightful, you can find me at one of the nearby ski resort enjoying the fresh snow and crisp air or snowshoeing through the mountains.  Once the sun is shinning and the birds are chirping, my Saturdays are spent outdoors hiking, backpacking, biking, paddle boarding or my most favorite activity of all, kayaking!  All while enjoying the company of good friends of course!

My favorite escape- Anything whitewater, whether it be kayaking or rafting.  A more relaxing escape would be taking my camera out into the wilderness to photograph everything from wildlife to serene landscapes.

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