Life Jacket Crotch Straps

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Life Jacket Crotch Strap

Crotch straps, also known as leg straps or groin straps, are additional straps that secure the lower part of the life jacket or buoyancy aid around the wearer's crotch area. The life jacket accessory straps are typically made of durable materials like nylon or webbing and are adjustable to ensure a snug and secure fit.

The primary purpose of crotch straps is to prevent the life jacket from riding up and slipping over the wearer's head when immersed in water. By securing the lower portion of the life jacket, crotch straps ensure that the flotation device remains in place, maintaining the proper buoyancy and stability needed to keep the wearer afloat.

Added Security for Active Water Activities:

For individuals engaged in more active water activities such as kayaking, jet skiing, or whitewater rafting, crotch straps are even more vital. These activities involve rapid movements and strong currents, which can potentially dislodge a traditional floatation aid.

During such high-energy water sports, crotch straps provide an additional layer of security, preventing the life jacket from being pulled up and allowing the wearer to focus on the activity at hand. The straps ensure that the life jacket stays properly positioned, reducing the risk of it getting in the way or becoming a hindrance during intense water movements.

Maintaining Proper Positioning and Buoyancy:

In emergency situations, such as falling into the water unexpectedly, a well-fitted life jacket with crotch straps can make a significant difference. Even if the wearer is unconscious or disoriented, the crotch straps keep the life jacket properly positioned, ensuring the airway remains above the water surface.

Without the support of crotch straps, a life jacket can shift or rotate, potentially compromising the wearer's ability to breathe. By securing the lower part of the life jacket, crotch straps help maintain the necessary buoyancy and flotation characteristics, increasing the chances of survival in critical situations.

Why shop with Pirates Cave Chandlery?

We stock a leading range of life jacket and life jacket accessories including life jacket lights, life jacket re arming kits, life jacket spray hoods and of course the life jacket crotch straps found within this category.

If you have any questions about any crotch straps, life jacket accessories, or anything else for that matter, do not hesitate to contact us. Call us on 01634 295 233, email [email protected] or visit us in-store at our Rochester or Gillingham locations. 

Ordering online? All of our online orders are shipped out on a fully tracked next working day service (subject to stock availability). If you wish to obtain the latest lead times, please contact us.

Useful Links:

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Blog: Are Self Inflating Life Jackets Reusable?
Blog: Do I Need A Life Jacket Or Buoyancy Aid For Kayaking?
Blog: Paddle Board Life Jacket Buyer's Guide.
Blog: Best Life Jackets.



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