Category Archives: Kayak

Kayaking is agrowing particaption water activity with many people now finding a low cost entry point for fishing, physical fitness and social outings either on the ocean or in-land waterways.

Gairloch Tragedy – What’s the Difference between a Buoyancy Vest and a Life Jacket?

Gairloch Tragedy – What’s the Difference between a Buoyancy Vest and a Life Jacket?

The difference is simply that a buoyancy vest (a waistcoat with foam on the inside) will help keep you afloat but only a life jacket will keep your head above water if you fall unconscious.

This critical point of difference was highlighted in a tragedy in Scotland earlier this year when a man and three children died on Loch Gairloch near Ullapool when their Canadian canoe capsized.

Another man and his eight year old daughter managed to swim 500 metres to safety. The men were not wearing life jackets and the children wore only buoyancy vests.Continue Reading

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Choosing A Personal Flotation Device (PFD LifeJacket)

A personal flotation device (PFD) provides buoyancy to help you to float with your head above the water. There are three different Australian Standards for PFDS according to the level of protection afforded to the wearer. A brief description of each type is set out below to help you select the type which is suitableContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Wiggles singer, Greg Page, talks of his love for EVIE – a Wear It Australia exclusive interview

Bill Edgar Greg Page Greg Page might look good in his trademark yellow skivvie but he looks even better in a black rashie. Greg partnered with EVIE (Emergency Vest Inflatable Equipment) creator Bill Edgar twelve months ago to promote wearing the EVIE inflatable rashie – not just to children but also their parents and anyone whoContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Boating safety equipment saves kayaker!

EPIRB – Where & Who You Are. A Sydney kayaker who was rescued on Wednesday 11 January 2012 clinging to his kayak in rough seas off Cronulla Australia, almost certainly saved his life by ensuring he was wearing and carrying the appropriate safety gear, NSW Maritime Acting General Manager Maritime Operations Trevor Williams said.  Mr WilliamsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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