Life Jackets for Recreational Water Sports
Click here for life jackets that are best for angling and hunting.

Touring & Whitewater
Paddling Jacket

for paddlesports

Paddling Jacket
  • Intended for canoeing, kayaking, rafting, and whitewater activities
  • Special fit allows for freedom of movement
  • May not turn unconscious wearer face up
  • Requires little maintenance
    (see owner's manual)


If a life jacket fits properly...
  • It will help keep your head above the water.
  • If it's too big, the life jacket will ride up around your face.
  • If it's too small, it will not be able to keep your body afloat.
  • Life jackets designed for adults will not work for children!

Try it on for size!

  • Check the manufacturer's label to ensure that the life jacket is a proper fit for your size and weight.
  • Make sure the jacket is properly fastened.
  • Hold your arms straight up over your head.
  • Ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up.
  • Make sure there is no excess room above the openings and that the jacket does not ride up over your chin or face.
  • For the best fit, try the life jacket in shallow water under safe and supervised conditions.

The U.S. Coast Guard has more life jacket information here.

National Safe Boating Council
Boat US Foundation
U.S.Coast Guard