Kayaking on the Hudson

Sunday, February 20, 2011

You'll never kayak without a pfd again.

Kayak safety rule #1 is to always wear your life vest (pfd-Personal Flotation Device).  The reason is simple; you are much, much more likely to survive a kayaking “accident” if you are wearing one.  Consider this fact: in the last 30 years, there has been an average of more than 1 death per year on the upper Delaware River.  Truth is, it’s the deadliest river in the continental U.S.  Hardly a season goes by that there aren’t a few drownings.  But, no one who was wearing a properly fitted pfd has drowned!*  That’s enough proof for me, I wear my pfd every time I paddle. 
*(Only 1 person who was wearing a pfd has drowned, and his didn’t fit properly so it came off as soon as he hit the water.  He was also canoeing in January wearing only a sweatshirt and jeans).

See you on the water,
Don Urmston

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