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Buoyancy Aid or Life Jacket?

What's the difference between a life jacket and a buoyancy aid? Both are PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices), but a life jacket will turn an unconscious swimmer on their back to keep their mouth and nose out of the water. The downside is that a life jacket makes it much harder for a conscious swimmer to swim on their front. A buoyancy aid will not turn the wearer face up, but its primary purpose is to support a conscious swimmer and make it easy for the wearer to swim in a normal and powerful fashion when required (like when you've really got to make that eddy!). They also provide some welcome body armour on certain trips!

We do stock a range of life jackets, which we recommend for use by people who may have trouble swimming. They are also suitable for sailing, and we have models for children and babies.

For those of you who would like to take your four legged friends out on the water, check out our range of Pet Buoyancy Aids.

Which Buoyancy Aid?

Competitive Buoyancy Aids need to comply with the rules and regulations set down by the governing bodies, such as the ICF.

For Canoe Polo, the BA's need to be reversible, with different colours either side. The foam also needs to be a minium thickness and height on the paddler, and extend around the side of the torso.

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Palm Ace PFD

From £78.47 inc. VAT

Palm Dragon PFD

Dragon PFD

From £41.84 inc. VAT

Peak UK Marathon Racer PFD

From £86.42 inc. VAT

Peak UK Marathon Racer Vest


The Peak UK Marathon Racer Vest is a great PFD for Sprint kayaking or where you want one of the lightest PFDs available. This kayak racing PFD features an overhead design to keep the weight low. It incorporates three sets of side adjustment straps and also a set of adjustable shoulder straps. Both the front and rear panels of this racing PFD feature large pockets that are easily accessed via double zips. The pockets offer plenty of space for a hydration system or energy bars.General Features -------------------- Over the head design Triple side adjustment straps Adjustable Shoulder Straps Front storage pocket - Double Zip Access - Internal Anchor Point - Front of pocket is padded for enhanced protection for contents - External Webbing loops for drinks tube clips Rear storage pocket - Double Zip Access - Internal Anchor / Hanging point for hydration system - Small base zip for Hydration system drinks tube --------------------

£99.00 inc. VAT £86.42 inc. VAT

Peak UK Polo Custom PFD

From £116.05 inc. VAT

Peak UK Racer Pro PFD

From £68.96 inc. VAT

Peak UK Racer ST Short


The Peak ST Racer is the latest competitive racing Top Deck, providing the lightest and most streamline fit for top performance slalom athletes. It is lightweight with a neoprene deck, neoprene arms and a buoyancy aid. Feautures: SS3 four way stretch, breathable and waterproof fabric with 20m hydrostatic head and 20k moisture transmission Only 20mm thickness on the body Tough faced 4mm neoprene spraydeck with added Gaia buoyancy 2.5mm neoprene neck & arms ISO 12402-5 Certified. ICF 6.12KG Approved

£255.00 inc. VAT £222.60 inc. VAT