What's the difference between a life jacket and a buoyancy aid? 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 will only allow a conscious swimmer to swim on their back. 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.If you or kids are going boating, you'll need life jackets. They are essential for non-swimmers around the water, and remember that even strong swimmers will sink if they get a bump on the head from a boat or sail, or get too cold. Our Crewsaver life jackets suit everyone from adults to small children, and are collared to help keep the head out of water. Don't forget our Buoyancy Aid section
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