Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Paddling Safety - Always Wear Your PFD!


Besides kayaking and blogging... I love to read about others enjoying the great sport of paddling! But what I hate to see are blog photos of paddlers NOT wearing their personal floatation devices (PFDs). I never understood that mentality.

"Almost three-fourths of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, eight-four (84) percent were not reported as wearing a life jacket." - Recreational Boating Statistics 2009, U.S. Coast Guard

Sobering statistics indeed.

I recently commented on a Florida kayaking blog and asked why the author's guests were not wearing their PFDs. His response to me: "I'm not the PFD police. All I can do is suggest and set an example."

A "compromise" that may ease one's conscience... but does nothing if there is a fatal accident while paddling?

As a kayaker... safety is one area that I will never compromise on... either with myself or especially with any friends that I invite to go paddling with me.

Check out this article - How to choose a PFD to learn about properly fitting one for you!

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