The numbers are sobering. According to the 2016 Recreational Boating Statistics published by the U.S. Coast Guard, 80 percent of boating deaths are due to drowning, 83 percent of victims were not wearing a life jacket, and two-thirds of drowning victims are good swimmers. While boating deaths have been trending downward, 701 people still died as a result of boating accidents during 2016. Choosing to wear a life jacket is the best way ensure fewer boating deaths.
But which life jacket should you choose? There are an astoundng array of styles and types of life jackets to choose from. To help you make the best selection, we’ve tested these two highly wearable examples for your consideration.