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JDizz asked for examples of how a person wearing a pfd could possibly drown. I gave him some, and can give him, or you more if necessary.
A person wearing a pfd, with the ability to swim, knowing how & when to swim "aggressively",who has some self rescue skills training will dramatically "decrease" the possibility they will NOT get themselves into many life threatening situations.
They typically will be less likely to panic, less likely to put themselves into dangerous situations, have more confidence in their ability to help themselves, and be more aware of how to assist fellow paddlers. They will be aware of techniques used to assist them in dealing with some problems such as strainers, hydraulics, etc. There are techniques that may assist you; if you know what they are. Having the ability to "swim aggressively" is one of those techniques.
Ask yourself this, "Do you want someone who wears a pfd, someone who can swim & who can swim aggressively when necessary; one who has some training assisting you "when you really need help"?
Or do you prefer to get assistance from a non pfd wearing, non swimmer, who has no training?
Where do you expect these people will be, and what do you expect them to be doing in an emergency situation "in the water".
They will probably be on shore watching; not in the water assisting you. Or they will be the victim in the water, hollering for help.
It is very unlikely that they will be doing things which they have no ability, skills, education, or training to do.
Newspaper reporters love drowning victims & interviewing seemingly helpless bystanders; they make good video copy for the News at 8.
I'm not talking about gender issues, or who might jump you at the takeout.
The "initial issue" was soloing; without the ability to swim, and having no self rescue skills.
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