A PFD only keeps your body at the surface of the water. It will not get you where you need to go. For that, you must swim.
8 years ago I had to tow a paddler in the water who passively floated (wearing his PFD) as his boat blew away.He didn't even try to swim to his boat, because he didn't know what to do! He had been on many WW rafting trips where he and his friends relied on the current and lots of helping hands to yank someone out.
If you've never had to pull a swimmer behind your boat, try it on a warm day. Guaranteed it'll make you preach swimming lessons.
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