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Should You Wear A PFD?

By: Equipment, Safety

The question that is asked most often when going on a daysail has to be: Should I wear a lifejacket? The answer is YES, you should wear a life jacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD)  while sailing.  Is the answer clear? The data suggest that drowning is the leading cause of death aboard vessels.  An overwhelming majority of these victims were not wearing life jackets. Capsizing and falling overboard are leading causes for boaters unexpectedly entering the water. Increasing the proper use of lifejackets can lessen the chances of drowning. PFD -Personal Flotation Device It is a simple statement but …

Can You Design a Better Life Jacket?

By: American Sailing Association, Equipment, Instructors, Members, Safety

Ever find yourself fiddling interminably with straps and velcro, or tottering around feeling like the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters 2? These may be signs that your life jacket is bulky, uncomfortable, inefficient, and irritating. The Boat U.S. Foundation is offering a $5,000 prize to the person who can make a significant improvement in life jacket design – and we think it would be cool if an ASA member or instructor was the winner. According to BoatUS, “drownings account for 70% or more of all boating fatalities. Of the people who drown, over 80% were not wearing a life jacket.” They’re …