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One of the cardinal rules of water sports is to enjoy your pastime safely, which is why a life jacket is so important. Also known as a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), a life jacket is the most important piece of safety equipment when kayaking or canoeing and beginners should focus on several points when selecting this piece of equipment.
• Approved as a Personal Floatation Device – Ensure that any life jacket has been authorized for use as a Personal Floatation device by Underwriter’s Laboratories or a similarly approved testing facility authorized by the US Coast Guard.
• Adequate Floatation – Make sure that you select a life jacket with adequate buoyancy for the person that will depend on it.
• Proper Sizing – Life jackets should provide a snug fit while allowing a range of movement.