WATER CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE QUICKLY, ESPECIALLY IN OPEN WATER, AND BEING PREPARED COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.
One of the most important pieces of gear when it comes to SUP safety, a PFD (personal flotation device) is an essential accessory that you should never paddle without.
In addition to keeping you safe on the water, wearing a PFD while paddleboarding is required by law in New Zealand and refusing to use one can result in a hefty fine.
The Starboard Lifesaver Belt Vest is a manually inflatable life jacket (personal flotation device) that is UL and ULC approved. It manually inflates when the wearer pulls on the firing handle and also features a mouthpiece to maintain inflation once it has been activated. It offers comfort, convenience and allows for a safer, more effective paddle.
- Attached D-Ring to clip on small accessories
- Universal adult size
- US Coast Guard approved
- Waterproof Whistle included
"With 150N of air in an emergency, this belt can actually save your life in an emergency, and is light and comfortable to wear. (So comfortable I often find it still on when I go to sit down for a post-paddle coffee with my friends!). You get used to putting it on every time you go out on the water, knowing that if something happened and you were separated from your board, you'd have a chance to survive. Conditions change quickly out there, and you never know what you might come across - it might not even be you who needs to wear it. As a paddleboarder you are in a good position to help others in difficulty on the water too" - Victoria Stuart, PaddleFit Pro Coach and ISA SUP Instructor
- Wear the right leash for the conditions
- Wear a PFD
- Know the conditions and forecast
- Carry two forms of waterproof emergency communication (eg phone and whistle)
- Tell someone you're going and let them know when you're back