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  First, you have to assess the degree of
  Posted by: ezwater on Jan-27-14 5:19 PM (EST)
 

risk associated with not wearing your life jacket, and then, you must decide what level of risk that you, personally, are willing to assume.

I wouldn't paddle a sea/touring kayak out on open water without wearing my life jacket. But my two-stage risk assessment is mine alone.

Sometimes, because they get tired of dragging for bodies and cleaning up after us, state or federal agencies dictate that we *must* wear life jackets whether we like it or not. Right now, that applies mostly on whitewater rivers.

I call them *life jackets* because that is their primary purpose, to save lives. "PFD" is a typical government euphemism, if not an outright evasion of the real issue.

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