Looking forward to the upcoming warm summer days out on the water? Although it may be tempting to not wear a life jacket it is the simplest strategy to staying safe while enjoying a day of fun. Luckily life jackets today are much more comfortable and breathable making it less of a hassle to have to wear one. Accidents on the water happen much too quickly and drowning is the reported cause of death in three fourths of boating fatalities.
National Safe Boating week kicks off May 16th – 22nd, this week promotes the importance of wearing a life jacket every time boaters are on the water.
Life jackets are sold in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and materials, whichever you decide make sure it is right for your planned activity and water conditions. When choosing the right life jacket always be sure to try it on and check the ratings for your size and weight. Check that the jacket is able to be zipped or buckled properly. Make sure that there is no extra room to allow the life jacket to rise above your face; you want it to fit snug.
Some important reminders you need to know is to make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard approved. Always read the label to make sure it is the appropriate jacket for the water activity. Check that there are no tears or holes in the life jacket. And never buy a life jacket for your child to grow into, make sure it is properly fitted based on their weight. Below is a chart to show which life jacket styles are the best for each water activity.
For more information check out www.safeboatingcampaign.com
Need to order a new life jacket? Give Brandon at Shipyard Marine a call 920-434-2000 or check out www.shipyardmarine.com