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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Nevis PFD Palm
Nevis PFD

The Palm Nevis is possibly the best whitewater kayaking pfd out there. This PFD for kayaking features a new style design from Palm called delta fit; this is combined with an over the head design for the best le...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Extrem PFD Palm
Extrem PFD

The Palm Extrem, a high performance PFD for whitewater kayaking. This PFD was designed to offer the highest levels of safety and performance. The Extrem PFD features a front opening design that's easy to get on...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Extrem Women's PFD Palm
Extrem Women's PFD

The Palm Extrem Women's PFD is one of the best choices out here for the female whitewater kayakers. This women's kayaking pfd is built to the highest possible standards and offers the highest levels of safety a...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids Sea-and-Touring Kaikoura PFD Palm
Kaikoura PFD

The Palm Kaikoura

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water FXr PFD Palm

The Palm FXr PFD is a great option to consider when you’re progressing into whitewater kayaking. This whitewater kayaking pfd has been packed with lots of great features and certainly offers you some great leve...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Extrem Palm

The Palm Extrem is a top end PFD that is ideal for white water kayaking. The design of the Extrem is based around a 3D cut and it is easily accessed through the front opening system. Palm have packed the extram...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Extrem Womens Palm
Extrem Womens

The Palm Extrem Womens is a high specification womens white water PFD from the Palm Equipment 'Gear for Women' Range. It features a velcro front opening that's held together by four 25mm buckles, making it easy...

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Watersports Competition Buoyancy-Aids Polo-PFD Polo Vest Peak UK
Polo Vest

The Peak UK Polo Custom is the top end option for canoe polo PFDs. They are made to order and you get to choose exactly what’s on them! They start life as a basic template that's plain white in colour. You then...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water FXr Palm

The Palm FXr is a PFD for white water kayaking. This kayaking PFD is particularly well suited towards white water and also water rescue. The Palm FXr features an over the head design. When on the paddlers torso...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids Rafting Highside Rafter Palm
Highside Rafter

The Palm Highside Rafter is a PFD for rafting. This white water rafting PFD features a tough and durable construction that is designed and built to survive in the toughest of environments. It features an over t...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids Inflatable-PFD Glide PFD Palm
Glide PFD

The Palm Glide is an inflatable PFD that is stored in a bumbag. In the event that you need to then use it, you can simply remove it, slide it over the head and then inflate it. When it comes to inflating, there...

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Professional Outdoor-Education Gorge-Walking Buoyancy-Aids Centre Pro Collar Peak UK
Centre Pro Collar

Peak UK Centre Pro Collar - Hard wearing and slimline Peak UK Centre Pro Collar is a great choice for centres, schools and clubs

Buoyancy Aid or Life Jacket?

What's the difference between a life jacket and a buoyancy aid? Both are PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices), but a life jacket will turn an unconscious swimmer on their back to keep their mouth and nose out of the water. The downside is that a life jacket makes it much harder for a  conscious swimmer to swim on their front. A buoyancy aid will not turn the wearer face up, but its primary purpose is to support a conscious swimmer and make it easy for the wearer to swim in a normal and powerful fashion when required (like when you've really got to make that eddy!). They also provide some welcome body armour on certain trips!

We do stock a range of life jackets, which we recommend for use by people who may have trouble swimming. They are also suitable for sailing, and we have models for children and babies.

For those of you who would like to take your four legged friends out on the water, check out our range of Pet Buoyancy Aids.

Which Buoyancy Aid?

This is answered by the type of paddling that you are doing, features you are looking for, and budget.

Some buoyancy aids come with a zip down the front, while others are pulled on over the head. Features to look for include pockets, knife/lash tabs, and adjustment straps for a perfect fit. More advanced paddlers will also want to consider chest harnesses.

For newcomers to the sport, who want a basic entry level buoyancy aid with a zip front for easy entry and release, we suggest looking at the Recreation category.

Whitewater paddlers tend to be split between competition and whitewater BA's, with the competition vests being streamlined and having a high degree of freedom of movement, but with little in the way of frills such as pockets and harnesses, freestyle kayakers will appreciate this unrestricted freedom, but there's no space for chocolate; while whitewater PFDs tend to be thicker to protect the user, and pockets to store rescue paraphernalia such as slings and carabiners. All these tend to be Vest style over the head entry, meaning less can go wrong in an emergency. Having said that, you can find front opening river BA's, generally designed with no Zips, and which can be easier to put on with rear entry drysuits.

There are several styles of buoyancy aid on offer that are suitable for sea and touring use. They all tend to be front opening, jacket style, and as you pay more you get more pockets, pockets within pockets, hand warming areas, reflective detailing; and hydration pouch capabilities.

Check out our range of buoyancy aid-compatible hydration systems, although some of the more traditional reservoir systems can fit too.

For polo players we have the Peak UK Polo Vest, which we can get made to order in your team colours.

If you are looking for buoyancy aids for outdoor centre or group work we have a range of Centre Buoyancy Aids. Centre Spec buoyancy aids need to be durable and easy to adjust. They all have clean simple lines, do not offer options of pockets and also come in bright colours for easy recognition and safety.


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