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Protective equipment and clothing

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Water can be treacherous and hazards can occur at any point. In order to stay safe whilst on the water it is worthwhile wearing protective safety clothing.

Personal flotation devices are essential whilst out on the water, if you were to fall in the water they could mean the difference between life and death. There are two main types of flotation device available, these being a buoyancy aid or a lifejacket. Whilst both devices keep you afloat, it is the lifejacket that will turn the user into a position where the mouth is clear of the water.

As a general rule, a buoyancy aid is best worn whilst in a sailing dinghy or personal watercraft or when participating in windsurfing, canoeing, waterskiing or if providing safety cover for a sporting activity. Life jackets are generally worn whilst aboard boats and when going into deeper waters. It is commonplace for people to wear lifejackets at all times whilst aboard boats, as people then feel safer should something happen. Children especially benefit from this as they are more inquisitive and vulnerable. Special jackets are easily available for children. It is essential to make sure that you purchase a life jacket which is the correct size and that it is checked before each use, so that any damages can be spotted.

Safety harnesses are also available and can be used by adults and children alike. The harness is attached to a sturdy item on the boat (such as metal railings) and a line is then attached to the people on the ship. This means that people can freely move around the boat, however if they were to fall overboard they would not fall too far.