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    Hi all

    Can anyone please recommend where in the North West of England I could get 2 adult life jackets and 2 childrens buoyancy aids from as well as a few kayak paddles?

    I'm looking to get an inflatable kayak and need the BA's and paddles too.

    Would you recommend buoyancy aids or life jackets for a 10 and 8 year old. They are both club swimmers.

    Many thanks :-)

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    Does it have to be a bricks and mortar shop?

    I would recommend getting online from here www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk/

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    Thanks kmac :-) that was fast. I'll look now

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    If they are water confident and decent swimmers then BA should be fine
    Cheers,

    Alan


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    Thanks Alan, much appreciated.

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    An easy place to get to is Manchester Canoes - not actually in Manchester, but next to M6 Junction 21.

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    Depends where you are in the North-West. Manchester Canoes at Warrington, Windermere Canoe and Kayak, at Ferry Nab, Bowness, Border Kayaks at Longtown near Carlisle
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    These folks are really helpful and are off the M56 near Runcorn.

    http://www.go-kayaking.com

    Buoyancy aids are the way to go for everyone. A life jacket is useless until it's inflated and useless after a single use until it's recharged.
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    http://apachecanoes.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by MultiMark View Post

    Buoyancy aids are the way to go for everyone. A life jacket is useless until it's inflated and useless after a single use until it's recharged.
    Not all life jackets work in that way. Many come with flotation built in with no need to inflate. And can be used over and over.
    However all life jackets are designed to float an unconscious person face up. So they are useful for people who can't swim.
    With that in mind, they are almost unsuitable to swim in doing anything other than back stroke. And all that buoyancy at the front gets in the way when trying to get back in a canoe from the water.

    So I agree that buoyancy aids are the way to go. But don't buy them online. They need to be a good fit. Especially for the kids. So go to a shop and try them on. If you aren't happy with the fit, go to another shop.
    Big Al.

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