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,