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Flotation BagFloatation bags are an easy way to make any kayak safer. A floatation bag is a PVC-coated nylon bag that is inserted into the bow and stern of the kayak provide buoyancy in the event of a capsize.

Floatation bags are important even if your kayak has waterproof bulkheads as hatch covers may accidentally come undone, causing the compartment to flood. In a flooded kayak, floatation bags displace water which means that you will do a lot less pumping to empty the kayak.

For touring kayakers, some floatation bags have dual chambers and a large opening allowing you to use the bag for dry storage of gear.