I was setting up for a group the other day and a father with his young son came up to launch also. I had everything laid out on the ground that one needs to take a tour of the swamps. The young boy asked me if we had any kids on the tour with us that day and I said we did not. He then asked me why I had the lifejackets laid out with no kids on the trip…that comment struck me hard and got me thinking.
Why does one wear a lifejacket?? For safety, of course, but Louisiana law says anyone under the age of 16 HAS TO wear one while on a boat but once you get over that age then it is your choice. I don’t know why one would choose to NOT wear a lifejacket. I was raised to always wear one while riding in a boat and I will raise my child to do the same.
In my book a lifejacket is one of the most important pieces of equipment needed for a canoe or kayak trip, after the paddle and boat. It is like insurance for your car, you hope to not need it but it’s good to have. Wearing a lifejacket can LITERALLY SAVE YOUR LIFE if you get in an accident while on the water! So, please, next time you get on the water on a boat wear a lifejacket. It isn’t just for kids…
Check this website for resources and information about lifejackets: