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  Lifejackets and so on
  Posted by: RubricOfRuin on Feb-11-13 10:35 AM (EST)

Lifejackets are designed to keep your head above water, even if you are unconscious (at least they "should" do it) - they are put together in that way and are rated to at least 100N flotation, often more. They are not designed for active swimming either, at least not the kind of contortions kayakers go though in the water :). Kayaking PFD aka Buoyancy Aid is usually 50-60N rated and is specifically designed for someone who is active in the water - it will not keep you head up and you can perfectly well drown wearing one, as been said here.

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