Essential safety gear for any watery adventure
If you plan to travel further away from land when sailing, then you will need to wear a life jacket rather than a simple buoyancy aid. Life jackets are designed for keeping you afloat for long periods of time, and also to keep your head out of the water if the wearer is unconscious.
Some life vests come with additional features such as whistles, lights and reflective sections to improve visibility when dark. Automatically inflating life jackets are an alternative to the standard models. They are much smaller and more comfortable to wear out of the water, then inflate to keep the user afloat when contact with the water is made.