Safe clothing to wear in the boat
QWhat clothing is best to wear in a boat from a safety perspective? I’m often told that waders are dangerous if the wearer falls out, but getting in and out on shorelines needs waterproof boots at least. John Nolan ROB EDMUNDS REPLIES: I am quite happy to wear waders when boat-fishing, as long as I have a lifejacket with enough Newton force to hold me and my clothing up should I fall in. I like the 100N lifejackets just to be safe. Remember waders, even when full of water, have a neutral buoyancy when you're actually in the water. Difficulties can arise when you try and pull yourself back onto the boat as there is now extra weight (because you are now out of the water). A tight-fitting belt around your waist will stop some water getting into the waders which will help. If you are unfortunate enough to fall in with waders on the best advice is to lie back when you are in the water and you won't sink. Waders trap air in them so just lean back on to the lifejacket and gently kick your feet (thigh waders often just come off). The important thing is not to panic. Watch videos on YouTube (search 'waders fishing safety') to see exactly what I mean.