Fishing Safety Equipment and Gear

Be safe and comfortable on all your fishing trips with family and friends. These are some basic fishing
safety tips to ensure that your fishing safety equipment covers your needs in all weather
Learn how to prepare yourself to be safe and comfortable on your next fishing trip. Consider these
important fishing safety tips before embarking on your next adventure with your family and friends.
Learn more about essential fishing safety gear, basic first aid, safety tips and more.

FISHING FIRST AID KIT
While fishing is a fun and relatively safe activity, occasionally accidents occur. Be prepared with
a fishing aid kit specifically customized for anglers. There are a variety on the market, distinguishable
from other kits by their waterproof containers and in some cases, fishing-specific tools like hook
removers.

SUNSCREEN
Sunscreen lotion (minimum SPF-15) should be used to keep the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays from
damaging skin. Make sure your fishing safety equipment bag includes a bottle.

PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES (PFDS)
Boat safety equipment starts with a PFD for each angler on the boat. There are five different
categories of PFDs approved by the US Coast Guard. Type I are recommended for offshore conditions
where waters can be rough, as they have the most buoyancy and will turn the wearer to a face-up
position if unconscious. Type II are recommended for calmer waters, like that of a lake. Less bulky
than Type I, but bulkier than Type III, this type will also turn most wearers to a face-up position if
unconscious.
Type III is the most popular and commonly used PFD among anglers, as they allow users maximum
freedom of movement and comfort. However, unlike Type I or II PFDs, Type III will not automatically
turn wearers to a face up position if unconscious, so their use should be limited to conditions where
rescue of a fallen angler can be immediate. Next are Type IV PFDs, which describe floatation devices
thrown out to assist one who has fallen in the water. Finally, Type V PFDs are “special use” devices,
designed for specific activities (e.g., waterskiing, competitive kayaking, etc.). Unlike other PFDs, most
Type V are inflatable or a hybrid of inflatable and buoyant design.
Keep in mind that PFDs are not fishing safety equipment exclusive to boaters. Anyone fishing on the
water (including kayaking and SUP) requires the use of a PFD.

HIP BOOTS AND WADERS
Hip boots and waders are designed to keep you dry and protect you against the chill of cool water.
For cold water wading, wear insulated boots. Hip boots only come up to your hips and are held in
place with belt straps. Waders come up to the top part of your chest. They are held in place by
suspenders and you should wear a belt on the outside. They will protect you while surf fishing, wading
a stream or fishing in deeper water.
Under most circumstances, if you fall in the water with your hip boots on, do not try to remove them;
first bend your knees. Air trapped in the boots will make them float at the toes. This can help keep
you afloat as you paddle toward shore.
Thanks to the Future Fisherman Foundation for contributing to this section.

RAINWEAR
Rainwear is an essential addition to your fishing safety gear bag. Several styles are available. A rain
poncho is good, but many anglers prefer a two-piece rain suit with a jacket and pants.
Good rainwear is waterproof, not just water-repellent. It should have a full hood to protect your
head, a storm flap over the jacket opening, a zipper, buttons or snaps, and elastic around the cuffs
and ankle openings to keep water out.

SUNGLASSES
Another essential item of fishing safety equipment, sunglasses protect your eyes against the sun's
glare. Many anglers prefer polarized sunglasses that reduce glare and allow them to see below the
surface of the water to spot fish and other objects. Another benefit of polarized sunglasses: they are
treated to protect your eyes from the full spectrum of the sun's harmful ultraviolet light rays
(UVA/UVB).

PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES (PFDS)
Boat safety equipment starts with a PFD for each angler on the boat. There are five different
categories of PFDs approved by the UAE Coast Guard. Type I are recommended for offshore
conditions where waters can be rough, as they have the most buoyancy and will turn the wearer to a
face-up position if unconscious. Type II are recommended for calmer waters, like that of a lake. Less
bulky than Type I, but bulkier than Type III, this type will also turn most wearers to a face-up position
if unconscious.
Type III is the most popular and commonly used PFD among anglers, as they allow users maximum
freedom of movement and comfort. However, unlike Type I or II PFDs, Type III will not automatically

turn wearers to a face up position if unconscious, so their use should be limited to conditions where
rescue of a fallen angler can be immediate. Next are Type IV PFDs, which describe flotation devices
thrown out to assist one who has fallen in the water. Finally, Type V PFDs are “special use” devices,
designed for specific activities (e.g., waterskiing, competitive kayaking, etc.). Unlike other PFDs, most
Type V are inflatable or a hybrid of inflatable and buoyant design.
Keep in mind that PFDs are not fishing safety equipment exclusive to boaters. Anyone fishing on the
water (including kayaking and SUP) requires the use of a PFD.

HIP BOOTS AND WADERS
Hip boots and waders are designed to keep you dry and protect you against the chill of cool water.
For cold water wading, wear insulated boots. Hip boots only come up to your hips and are held in
place with belt straps. Waders come up to the top part of your chest. They are held in place by
suspenders and you should wear a belt on the outside. They will protect you while surf fishing, wading
a stream or fishing in deeper water.
Under most circumstances, if you fall in the water with your hip boots on, do not try to remove them;
first bend your knees. Air trapped in the boots will make them float at the toes. This can help keep
you afloat as you paddle toward shore.

Thanks to the Future Fisherman Foundation for contributing to this section.
RivieraBoat Team

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