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Re: Abandoning your PFD
In Response To: Re: Swimming skills ()

: In reading the posts, I was unsure about one point. Is there ever a time that
: one should abandon their pfd and swim?

I have only heard well-reasoned arguments for not having a PFD on while paddling in surf (after all, board surfers generally don't). But then you lose the benefits of insulation, padding, and buoyancy.

As far as I can see it, it's just a good reason to buy a well-fitting vest that you can swim in. Then it's not a question.