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PFDs (Personal Floatation Devices)

A PFD (Personal Floatation Device) is a mandatory requirement when kayaking in most waters around Australia - there are some states where the legislation does not mandate it but we recommend you always paddle with a PFD. The PFD you choose to wear can be a type 1, 2 or 3.

Studies show that wearing a PFD can increase your chances of survival greatly. The PFD alone is not going to save your life. A great understanding of weather interpretation, wearing the correct clothing, a good understanding of the basic essential strokes, self and assisted rescues is the key to enjoying water sports safely.

  • Always wear your life jacket
  • Let someone know before you go
  • Be aware of your own limitations / capabilities and those of your paddle buddy and the limitations of your kayak. Practise getting back on /in you craft.
  • Always check the weather forecast (from the BOM) and know how to interpret it for the on-water conditions of the area you are paddling
  • Carry your phone in a waterproof case (Aquapac)
  • Undertake training with a qualified instructor

Level 100+ (formerly PFD Type 1) - This is a recognised ‘life jacket’. A PFD type 1 will provide a high level of buoyancy and keeps the wearer in a safe floating position through the use of buoyancy behind the head. They are made in high visibility colours with reflective patches. 

Level 50 (PFD Type 2) - This is a buoyancy vest–not a life jacket. It will provide less buoyancy than a PFD type 1 but is sufficient to keep your head above water. Like a PFD type 1 they are manufactured in high visibility colours such as yellow and red. 

Level 50S (PFD Type 3) - This is a buoyancy garment – not a life jacket. They have similar buoyancy to a PFD type 2 but are manufactured in a wide variety of colours and are shaped or equipped for particular activities. 

We recommend a PFD Type 2 for the best combination of comfort, visibility and buoyancy on the water.

Additional safety equipment we recommended to attach to your PFD:

Check out our Blog and view our YouTube video for more information: