Life Vests and Whistles
Life vests must be worn while boating, it is mandatory by
law, for those of 14 years or younger on the river.
They are recommended for anybody who is not a strong swimmer
and again by law everybody has to have a life vest
Remember that a life vest needs not to just float, but it
needs to be the right size to fit the person who is wearing
it correctly so they can't slip out in an emergency when a
boat goes over. And of course realistically it needs
to be worn if it is going to be of any use! There are
no warnings when something is going to go wrong, so a life
vest nearby is a life vest of no good to anybody.
Keep the life vest on at all times to ensure proper
As well as a life vest the law requires that you carry a
whistle while boating on the river to be able to attraction
attention if you have a problem. A proper emergency
whistle should be audible half a mile away.
When you rent a boat from
Epley's then they provide the vests and whistles.
If you are floating on an inner tube then this counts as
it's own floatation device and a separate vest is not
required by law.
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