Kayaking on the Hudson

Friday, April 1, 2011

Choosing a PFD

PFD stands for Personal Flotation Device and is just a fancy way of saying Life Vest.  The #1 rule of kayaking is always, always, wear a PFD.  It is not very often that you will find yourself falling out of your kayak, but if you do, it’s usually because something has gone wrong.  A PFD might be the only thing standing between you and drowning. 

There are many good PFDs on the market, so all you have to do is find one that is comfortable for you.  Make sure it is not too long, or it will hit your seat back or cockpit and then will ride up on you.  This can be uncomfortable and dangerous.

The best PFD for you is the one that you will wear every time you go out paddling!

See you on the water,
Don Urmston

1 comment:

  1. Good advice. I am still amazed by how many people still do not wear a life jacket and end up getting into trouble.