Thanet RNLI Community Safety

How to fit your buoyancy aid
Buoyancy Aids

We hope you have had a good week and wow it’s the weekend already! We are seeing an increase in participation of kayacking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and windsurfing around the Kent coast so we thought that this week’s Friday Club should focus on how to fit and check your buoyancy aid. In summary these are the basic checks/advice that you should consider :

  1. Choose a buoyancy aid that fits you correctly
  2. Ensure that is CE approved (check the label)
  3. Regularly check for wear and tear

This excellent RNLI video is a step by step guide on how to do this correctly. Wearing a buoyancy aid and carrying an easily accessible method of calling for help such as a mobile phone or VHF radio will help save your life if you get into difficulty in the water. Always tell someone where you are going and the latest time you will be back. The SafeTrx App is also highly recommended to download for free and use if you are out on the water.

Have a great weekend and if you hear or see a person or animal in difficulty in the water or at the coast call ‘999’ or ‘112’ and ask for the Coastguard every second counts.

More useful links :

Know the risks

RNLI guide to lifejackets and buoyancy aids