I just received my Eddie Bauer Spring 2013 catalog... and at first was excited to see folks enjoying a kayak paddling adventure gracing both the cover.... and the immediate fold pages.
But, upon closer inspection, none of the models in the photos are wearing PFD's! In the cover photo, the PFD is strapped down on deck behind the cockpit. Useless in an emergency. In the fold pages, the PFD's are lashed down on the forward decks of the two kayaks. Again, useless in an emergency.
Say it ain't so Eddie Bauer!
One of the most essential pieces of safety gear that persons should wear, at all times, while paddling, is a personal flotation device or PFD. According to the United States Coast Guard, almost 75% of all persons killed in boating incidents drowned. Of those, 84% were not wearing a life jacket. In my opinion, a PFD is NOT optional safety gear, but mandatory. Both Rachel and myself always wear a properly fitted PFD when paddling and I urge all my readers to do the same!
I just wish Eddie Bauer saw fit to show the proper use of PFD's... and send a message of safety first and always... to its customers.