Do you need a life jacket? At CoolSnow, you'll find our selection of adults' and children's life jackets so you can safely (and legally) get out on your paddleboard, SUP board, kayak and so on.
Want to know more about life jackets? We’ve put together some important information about life jackets below.
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You must have seen those orange vests with buckles, cords and clamps on before.
But how do they actually work? How do you stay afloat?
The classic life jacket is filled with foam (alternatively with air) to keep your body floating on the surface of the water. This is to ensure that you don't have to spend energy on staying afloat yourself. If you're in danger on the water, you'll quickly become exhausted after even just a short while treading water.
Your life jacket will simultaneously allow you to safely and calmly lie scrunched up on the water. This'll help you keep your body warm for longer. When you move in the water, you lose some of your body heat to the water - so staying calm in the water is one of the best things you can do when waiting for help.
Life jackets are easy to use and provide extra safety
Many people associate life jackets with awkwardness. However, the truth is that it doesn't get much easier than wearing a life jacket.
We have listed some of the benefits of life jackets to give you a slightly better idea of why they are so practical, user-friendly and good to use.
Life jackets can be used in a variety of water sports
Life jackets can be worn when doing many types of water sports. So, if you're the kind of person who loves water in all its form, you just need to get your hands on one.
For example, you can use a life jacket when:
There are also a few disadvantages to life jackets. If you look at the few disadvantages of life jackets compared to the safety they grant you, they're heavily outweighed - at least if you ask us!
In 1992, it became a legal requirement to have at least the same number of life jackets on a boat as there are people on board - and they must fit the people. This means that, for example, there must also be children's life jackets if children form part of the crew.
So there have to be life jackets on board.. But do we need to wear them? The law says nothing about that - but we do recommend you do so for your safety (children should have them on at all times).
It's an especially good idea to wear a life jacket if:
Although a life jacket may feel unnecessary and as though it restricts your movement, it's a good safety precaution - a bit like wearing a bicycle helmet!
The classic fixed life jacket is relatively easy to maintain and can be worn for many years. It doesn't require much maintenance, which is one of the best things about it.
After use, you can rinse off dirt and grime. If you've been wearing it in salt water, it's important to rinse it all off. Salt water is hard on the material and can wear it out unnecessarily.
Once the vest is rinsed, simply lay it to dry. When it is dry, always store it in a dry place.
Be careful not to squeeze it unnecessarily as it may damage the foam in the life jacket.
When putting on a standard life jacket, loosen all the straps and put it on. Close the vest with the clamps or zip.
Now you can start tightening the straps. Start at the waist and do the rest from there. If the life jacket has shoulder straps, be sure to tighten them at the end. It should feel as if the life jacket is fairly tightly on, but naturally it should feel comfortable.
A life jacket should fit snugly, but not be too tight. If it doesn't fit fairly tightly, it's too big. If you're unable to put it on and tighten it comfortably, it's too small.
Once you've tightened it, ask someone to pull life jacket up at the shoulders. If it moves up over your nose or head, tighten the shoulder straps and try again. If the same thing happens, the life jacket is too big.
Always make sure to try on the vest before going out on the water. Wear it in addition to the clothes you would normally wear when you go out on the water. Try to move about with it on to check that it doesn't chafe.