So you are planning to visit the beach/lake this holiday and enjoy some water sports with your friends and family(or maybe alone).
Everything is planned, tickets are booked, and everybody is so excited to get into the water together.
Now you get on the boat(or kayak, canoe, jet ski etc.) and start sailing offshore and reach a place where water is deep.
You realize that there are life jackets under the seat that you must wear to ensure your safety in case some unexpected event(like capsize) occur.
But you resist wearing it by giving some excuses that you think is legit, but what you don’t know is that these excuses can put your life on risk.
For telling you what I mean here is a small figure.
Annually in the U.S., the leading cause of death with recreational boating has been drowning. So the officials tried to find a reason for such an event, and when the result came, everybody was shocked.
Around 80% of the people who drowned were not wearing a life jacket.
I am not saying that unexpected events will surely happen to you, but what I am saying is that if anything happens, you must be safe. And your safety is ensured by wearing a life jacket.
Now, let’s look at some common and lamest excuses that people make for not wearing a life jacket.
#1 I don’t need it, I can swim
It’s one of the most common excuses where people say that they are an excellent swimmer or they have been swimming for the past couple of years and never needed a vest, etc.
Well, it can be possible that you never needed a vest in the past because something unexpected never occurred.
But can guarantee that this time too an unexpected event like capsizing won’t occur?
Of course NO! Why?
Because water is unexpected and anything can happen there. A change in the wind, water speed can have a huge impact that you don’t know about.
Now for the people who say they are an excellent swimmer.
Yes, being an excellent swimmer can help in an unexpected event, but what if you are left injured or unconscious after the impact?
You can’t do anything, and all your skills will fail to save you, so always wear a life jacket no matter if you are a non-swimmer or an excellent swimmer.
#2 It’s wet right now!
Often water splash in the boat(kayak/jet ski etc.) and the jackets kept under the seat becomes wet, but that can’t be a reason for not wearing them.
When you are in the water, you can expect to get wet because often times water will fall on you, and you can’t do anything about it.
Just like that if you ignore the fact that it’s wet and wear it for your safety, then it would be great.
Also, most of the modern vests are made of semi-waterproof material that can dry pretty fast, so put them on, and they will dry in no time.
#3 It’s too restrictive and Uncomfortable
Yes, life jackets are restrictive and uncomfortable but only if it’s not for your size. Most of the vests have a size option that you can choose while making a purchase option.
And every company has their own measurement, i.e. they have different size option depending on your weight and waist size.
So before buying any jacket, make sure that you are getting it for your perfect size. And now because you have already bought one just wear it for your safety.
#4 It is too tight to fit
Some people excuse that the jacket is too tight to wear and the fit is not good.
I know it’s very irritating to wear something that doesn’t fit you well and that too for several hours.
But most of these vests have adjustable straps that can be used to adjust the vest according to the perfect fit.
For instance, if the fit is too tight, then release some strap, or if the strap is stretchable, then it will automatically stretch to give the perfect size without any issue.
And for a loose fit, you can tighten the straps that will give you the desired fit.
#5 It Smells too bad
Maybe you mistakenly threw your vest in some stinky mud/water, or you haven’t washed it after the last use which ultimately caused it to stink bad.
But most of the vests can be easily cleaned by using a cloth and some water(warm water is better) so wash it for a few minutes, and most probably the odour will go.
Even if it don’t, then also it’s your responsibility to wear the jacket for your safety without any excuses.
#6 It looks old-fashioned
So what? You are going to have fun in some water sport, not a fashion show competition where all of you have to look modern.
So instead of complaining, that won’t wear a jacket because it looks old to understand that your safety is the most important thing.
And even if it looks old-fashion who cares?
You can still enjoy like other peoples, and there is nobody stopping you from having fun because of an old-fashioned vest.
#7 It has stains
As I said earlier, your vest can have stains after falling in mud or if you don’t wash it after use or several other reasons.
But you can easily clean it with some water(warm water preferred) and cloth so why to give an excuse.
Some stains are so bad that they won’t go easily and if you have one of them, then there are two options.
If you have time, then give it a good wash so that the stains go away, otherwise, wear it.
Don’t think that stains on the jacket make you look bad because your safety is your priority.
#8 Shore is nearby
Many people don’t wear life vests thinking that the shore is nearby and if anything bad happens they will quickly swim to the shore and protect themselves.
That may look cool in the imaginary world, but it’s not so cool in the real world.
Many people have drowned in a lake, and they were too near the shore, but still, they drowned.
Leave lake; many people have drowned in the river, sea, ocean while being close to the shore, and most of them were not wearing a life jacket.
The reason is simple.
The accident happens so quickly that people don’t get any time to react, and the only thing they see is being fallen in the water.
In some cases, the person can get injured, thus not being able to swim. So without a quick rescue, they can possibly drown and lose there life.
So even if you are not so far away from shore then also wear a life jacket and ensure your safety.
#9 I don’t like red color
I don’t like red, blue, purple, pink, etc. color. This is the excuse many people make when they get a color they don’t like.
So instance, if a boy gets a pink color jacket, then he won’t wear it saying that he doesn’t like pink.
They think that others will make fun of him or he will look like a girl or he won’t look stylish, etc.
But you have to understand that a life jacket is designed to save your life in the water so don’t expect it to make you look stylish.
And finally, choose between style and life.
#10 It makes me look fat
These jackets are filled with foam and other material that makes it more comfortable and adds buoyancy to it.
But in all these, it becomes a little thick and bulky.
Many people excuse that wearing the jacket makes them look fat which can be true, but not a solid reason for not wearing one.
Even if it makes you look fat who cares?
The only thing you have to look at is your safety in the water, and if you ensure your safety by wearing a vest that makes you look fat, then it’s wonderful.
Also, most of the new-fashioned vests have a slender design which will make you look slim and good.
So if you are overly concerned about looking fat then buy a slender vest.
#11 We got life jackets on the boat
Ahh! Not again! People think that having life jackets on the boat make them secure against a water accident.
They think they will wear the vest before something unexpected is about to happen. Like when they get a feeling
But my friend, you are wrong!
Accidents in the water happen so quickly that you won’t get any time to react and when you are in the water, it’s wholly different than the land.
You don’t get any time to wear a vest, and before you can do anything, you will begin to sink(especially if you are not an excellent swimmer) and eventually put a risk on life(without quick rescue).
So always wear them whatsoever.
#12 It’s ugly looking and makes me one if I wear it
As I always say, life jackets are your lifesavers, so it doesn’t matter whether they look beautiful or ugly until they are working properly.
But some people are too concerned about there beauty that they will always give such an excuse.
I want to tell them that most of modern life jackets are beautiful and ensure that you look good so from next time you can have one.
But for now, when you have an ugly vest, don’t give such an excuse since that’s the only option left to ensure your safety.
#13 It doesn’t need to be buckled
Some people have concern for their safety and wear a life jacket, but don’t buckle it saying that it doesn’t need to be buckled.
Well, it’s like saying that you don’t need to buckle up the seat belt in a car because it doesn’t need to be buckled up. But without buckling up, the seat belt is of no use.
Just like that, without buckling the straps, the vest is of no use because as soon as you fall in the water, the vest will slip off your body due to excess pressure thus leaving you alone.
It’s the same as falling without a life vest.
So if you are wearing a life vest then make sure that it’s buckled up.
#14 It’s too Hot
If you are going on a hot summer day, then this is the most heard excuse that I think is somewhat understandable.
Wearing a foam vest traps the heat, which makes it hotter than it should be that ultimately force you to open it up. But opening your jacket put you in risk.
Many vests have a mesh back that ventilate out the excess heat thus cooling you down so if you think it’s too hot then wear a mesh jacket.
And if you already have a mesh back then wear it without any excuse as the temperature will cool down after some time.
Even if it’s hot wear it because safety is the topmost priority.
#15 It’s very bulky
Jackets can be bulky, the reason being the foam that’s inserted in there to increase the buoyancy and comfort.
But it’s not so bulky that you can’t wear it. All this bulkiness is for your good only.
Also, you won’t feel bulkiness in the beginning; it’s only after a substantial time that you will feel it heavy and want to remove it.
So don’t excuse by saying that it’s too bulky and wear it because as I always say your safety is the topmost priority.
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