Accidents are accidents. You don’t have any control over them. But what you do have control over is your safety. Fishing trips are fun, going on a lake tour with family is lots of fun. But there can be a small problem. Kayak isn’t the strongest boats, you can accidentally fall from that.
In case you fall off the boat, life jackets can save your life.
That’s why buying the best life jacket for your fishing trip is very necessary.
Now let’s talk about how can you purchase the best fishing life jacket.
Consider the life-saving feature:
You need to take a look at the jacket and make sure that your head stays over the water when you wear it. If your head is drowning then no point in purchasing a life jacket.
Even if you can’t swim you can still breathe as your head will stay on top of the water.
Don’t forget to purchase some sunshades. Your eyes won’t save themselves from the sun alone.
Check the Authority Approval Tag:
After you make sure the head level stays over the water. Time to check on the manufacturing info.
If your jacket doesn’t have approval from Coast Guard authority of the U.S then don’t purchase that.
You can find this information on the body of each life jacket.
Consider child safety:
We are talking about whole family trips here. So, if you have a child that will come with you. You need to make sure there is a life jacket for his/her size.
Also, buy a PFD for your child. Adult life jackets won’t fit them.
You need to make sure you get the correct size. Too tight will be uncomfortable for you and too loose will also feel uncomfortable.
When you go fishing you will stay there for hours. That’s why you need to find a cozy fit for you. Otherwise, you won’t be able to wear it for a long time.
Check for rip or leakage:
If there is any leakage the jacket will show it immediately when you blow air in it. But to find out whether was there is any tampering with the jacket, for example, using tape to close leakage. You need to look closely to find that. Trust me, if you are renting it a lot of renter does that.
If there is any leakage immediately ask for a replacement.
Special design feature:
The most important feature of an inflatable jacket is, whether it can keep you afloat or not.
For kayak users, there are special jackets with a collar that supports your shoulder. That way you don’t hurt your shoulder while looking upwards for a long time.
This small design changes can play a huge role in decision making.
Who doesn’t want to look cool in a life jacket?
Traditionally life jackets were only available in red or blue. But now you have multi-color designs with excellent patterns. Even if you don’t want to bother with a fancy looking life jacket, buy one for your kid. He/she will be extremely happy.
There is a buoyancy rating on every life jacket you purchase. While it may not be as important as other ratings. But it is still important. It will show how much weight it can carry without sinking.
When you kayak in the offshore area make sure your life jacket has a buoyancy rating of at least 35 pounds.
If you are experienced fishermen and know the water very much, then you can choose a life jacket with around 25-26 pounds of buoyancy rating.
Keep these points in mind and you will be able to purchase a good life jacket for yourself and your family.