Life Jackets for Recreational Water Sports
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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)

FIT FACTS

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.


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