Originally Posted by Dmarina
What is the BEST type of PFD for a non-swimmer? Has anyone had any experience with this matter? Auto inflated or non? Vest or jacket? I have read some info on this and it is confusing.
Thanks for any imput you can give. Diane
Depends what you are using it for. and why wearing it.
Me is not really a non-swimmer (no technique or puff). But I am very
comfortable in the water - as long as something to hang onto within a 10 metre radius. or I have some flotation. Indeed I am an advanced (LOL!) Scuba
Onboard I wear an auto-inflatable because I am not intending to fall over and figure it gives me a bit more manouervability to avoid doing so. as well as simple conveniance from not being shaped like the Michelin Man (others may already be used to that
). If new crew is that
worried about going overboard
and needing a PFD ready to go 24/7 or I don't think they can stay onboard by themselves
then they won't be onboard. or I would confine them down below. I don't view the primary role of any PFD as a comforter
But if intending to actually be messing around in the water (or likely to be - i.e. in a small sailing dink) I use either simply a wetsuit or a foam vest type - the downside is that when in the water less manoueverable in a fully inflated PFD, particularly for climbing onboard an inflatable dink. Like most things a bit of practice / familiarity makes all the difference to confidence. But again, if someone was that
uncomfortable in water (that they can't stand up in) without any PFD I wouldn't want to be responsible for them being in the water in the first place. PFD or not. Besides, those PFD's ain't free
Any sort of PFD is not a magic solution to all drowning related issues.