There are many ways to fish, but one of the most popular is fishing on a boat. Boat fishing offers you greater access to different locations and fish. However, it doesn’t come without its risks. A personal flotation device is essential when going out on a boat, but it will only be useful if you find the right one. Below we discuss the most common types of PFDs and which one would be right for you.
Off-shore life jackets are, as the suggests, designed for offshore or remote waters. They’re best when you’ll be an area where rescue may take some time to reach you. As such, they’re bulkier than other PFDs, but they can turn someone unconscious face-up from the water.
If you don’t plan on venturing out too far from shore, then a near-shore vest will be your best bet. They are less bulky that off-shore life jackets, but keep in mind they won’t keep you floating for a long period of time. They’re designed with the expectation that rescue would be immediate.
Flotation aids should only be used in calm waters where rescue is quick. They are more form-fitting than other PFDS which is why they’re often used by wakeboarders, surfers, kayakers, or water skiers.
While everyone on a boat should be wearing a life jacket or vest, you should also have a throwable device handy just in case. These are right-shaped or flat cushions that you can throw to someone who has fallen into the water.
At Morning Flight Charters, we take all necessary precautions to keep our guests safe while on their fishing trip. To learn more, contact us today!