Boating is not inherently unsafe, but any time anyone goes boating there’s a chance of falling overboard or the craft sinking. The first thing most people think about when they hear boating safety is life jackets, also known as personal floatation devices (PFDs). Federal law requires a life jacket for every person on board and it is critical that you choose the right life jackets for your boating activity and that the jackets will fit your passenger appropriately.
Life jackets are available in different US Coast Guard Approval Types, and not all life jackets are suitable for all activities. It is a wise decision to spend a few dollars more to get quality life jackets that fit well. It is also a good idea to choose bright colored life jackets. Although color is a personal choice, bright colored life jackets (orange, yellow, red) are more visible on the water. Go to boat supply stores in your area or online on the Internet to find various high-quality life jackets.