BATMAN wrote:Especially if you were in a situation where you were in a fast moving river situation.
Rather than a self inflating life jacket, (which could self inflate if a big wave gets you) I just blow mine up manually to give me enough buoyancy, so that should I tip ....... or get into a scary situation ....... I can then deploy the gas cannister if required, yet still be reasonably buoyant.
Roberta you are not just a pretty face ,thanks for this tiparpie wrote:Hi Dodge
I only partially blow it up if I feel I am in a bad situation & can't get out of it quickly, purely as a safety precaution - normally I would head back in asap!! I've only done it a few times in my thousands of outings. I did it in NZ just recently, when fishing offshore in ferocious winds & rain.
I deflate it again when I feel safe enough. With manually inflated vests (gas powered or by mouth) the one thing that COULD happen is that you get knocked out/unconscious & are unable to activate the inflation mechanism once you are in the water ........ so the partially inflated vest should still keep you afloat, face up & safe til you can inflate it further.
arpie wrote:What do you reckon?? Is it a good idea to tether yourself to your yak in rough conditions (whether offshore or inshore?) Personally, I reckon it is a YES!
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