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Life Jackets

Feel safe, secure, and comfortable on your next water sports trip, courtesy of OnBuy’s fantastic selection of kids’ and adult life jackets. Whether you’re a fan of white water rafting, jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, or scuba diving, we have an inflatable life jacket to suit every eager adventurer and athlete. With a diverse range of sizes, colours, and styles on offer, from a plethora of industry-leading brands (including Slowmoose, vidaXL, Coleman, and Onyx), you’ll truly be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking your companion. Dive into the collection today! We’re sure you’ll make a splash!

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About Life Jackets

Eager to embrace all the fun-filled water sports the UK has to offer, including rafting, kayaking, jet skiing, and diving? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Dip your toes into all these amusing al fresco activities, without ever feeling out of your depth, with a handy life jacket from OnBuy. 

Ideal for those who want to try a new hobby, but are nonetheless feeling anxious about the prospect of swimming in open water, these inflatable lifesavers are an absolute essential. Regardless of whether you’re an outdoor leisure expert or an utter novice, we stock a tremendous range of multi-purpose models in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours, and designs, to suit every budget, buyer, and experience level so… what are you waiting for? With vibrant models from the likes of Slowmoose, vidaXL, and Coleman adorning our extensive online shelves, there’s truly never been a better time to surf (see what we did there!) the OnBuy net. 

What’s the difference between a life jacket and a PFD?

Most people think that life jackets and PFDs (or personal flotation devices) are the same, but they’re actually pretty different. The former are swimming aids that you commonly see being worn in the water, or displayed in boats and other sailing vessels. They look more like vests instead of jackets, and usually come in vibrant red or orange colours, intended to attract attention. They’re also typically rather bulky, as most of their buoyancy materials are stored in the front, and have a large collar to help support the head. While most people know that life jackets keep you afloat while in the water, many are unaware that they’ll actually turn an unconscious individual from a face-down to face-up position, allowing them to breathe. 

A PFD, on the other hand, is a much broader term that refers to any device enabling flotation. They’re traditionally more comfortable than life jackets, and tend to allow a better range of motion, but don’t feature the same level of long-term protection as their larger cousins. 

What should I consider before purchasing a life jacket?

Of all our life jackets for sale, it’s really important that you first consider the basics, before deciding on the correct accessory for your specific needs and requirements. Buoyancy aids at level 50 (for example) are recommended for use by swimmers in sheltered waters, whereas life jackets at level 275 are suggested for offshore use, aimed at those primarily entering extreme conditions, or wearing heavy protective clothing. You’ll also want to think about whether or not you’ll need a manual or automatic life jacket in particular. Some are self-inflated by pulling of a chord, while others are completely water-activated via a firing head and powerful spring. 

These convenient bits of kit are unlikely to last forever, so be sure to regularly inspect yours for any signs of general wear and tear. If in doubt, take it for a professional service. After all, if you look after your life jacket, your life jacket will look after you. 

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