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Pfd Chart

Post By:saertker on 4/11/2013 5:08am
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Am I reading the chart correctly? You are REQUIRED to wear your PFD when paddling alone?

The chart is at the above link. I wasn't able to cut and paste it here

Another link:

All vessels are required to have onboard a wearable USCG-approved personal flotation device (PFD) for each person. The PFDs must be of the appropriate size for the intended wearer, be in serviceable condition, and within easy access. The state of Florida urges all people onboard a boat to wear a life jacket

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RE: Pfd Chart
Post By: saertker on 4/11/2013 5:09am

I hear the fish and wildlife people are giving out tickets if they can't see your wearable life vest within easy reach

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RE: Pfd Chart
Post By: chrisnaff on 4/12/2013 5:55pm

The first link I don't think applies to us since it's from North Wales. The FWC one does though. You must be able to reach you PFD. So you can't store them in hatches. And yes I have seen and heard of people getting tickets for not being able to access them. But I recommend just wearing them! Hope that helps!

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Post By: gbailey on 4/12/2013 6:12pm

On our FSKA trips we strongly recommend that everyone wear their PFD, but being adults we each are responsible for our own actions and we don't make a big deal when someone refuses (too hot is a common excuse).

That being said, there are several important reasons we suggest they be worn at all times:
1) it'll help in assisted and self rescues by floating your body higher in the water
2) in case of a capsize, your are more visible with it on, particularly if you and your boat become separated
3) it'll help you assist another swimmer if you both have capsized
4) if it is not worn but stored on top of your boat, how many hands will you need to hold your paddle, hold onto your boat while you zip / hook up the straps to fit the PFD (in choppy water!)
5) if you have a stroke, heart attack, etc. and fall out of your boat, it is more likely that you won't ingest as much water before the initial help arrives.
6) in a worst case event when disaster strikes, your body will more likely be located if a PFD is attached (that'll be important to the family)

Just my two cents ...

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Post By: chrisnaff on 4/13/2013 4:28am

Well said Greg....

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