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Fishing - About The Innovative StayAlive Life Jacket

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Dan Williams was a Florida Marine Patrol officer looking for some distressed boaters one day and recognized a common problem. This was the fact that most people forced into the water had life jackets on when found, but had nothing to aid the rescuers in locating them. In most cases, people have just enough time to grab their PFD's before entering the water.

When search and rescue personnel are looking for people it is obviously very difficult to locate them when they have no more than a life jacket with them. This is where the StayAlive life jacket can make the difference between life and death for the unfortunate boater who finds themselves bobbing along.

The concept is very simple, if you are not seen, you are not rescued. StayAlive uses a patented award winning design to attach 11 water survival tools to the life jacket itself. Now the wearer will have visual aids to deploy while in the water and not left behind on the distressed boat. Using such items as flares, signal mirror, and distress flag to name a few will greatly increase your visibility. Allowing the rescuers to narrow the search grid down, or find you when you would not have been found at all.

Another great feature is that StayAlive is designed to work with the existing life jackets already on board. There is a lanyard system with StayAlive which allows the group to be tethered together waste band to waste band. It only takes one person using the visual assets, allowing rescuers to pick up the entire group.

With all of this gear one would think that it has to be heavy. StayAlive only weighs 3.12 pounds, and the panels seal seamlessly when closed. If StayAlive is handed to someone that has never seen the unit they will not know all the gear is even in there.

We have all had a boating safety inspection, in most cases people scramble all over searching for the safety equipment to show the officer. With StayAlive on board this inspection is a snap, hand the officer your StayAlive along with a type four throwable and fire extinguisher, inspection complete.

In a small boat space is limited, StayAlive will give you some of that valuable stowage back. It takes up no more room than a normal life jacket which frees up the glove box or gunnel area where you now have your safety gear bouncing around.

When it comes to your car most people can tell you how many air bags there are, or about the On Star package and the anti-lock brakes. Bottom line is that most will not except sub standard safety equipment in their car, well do not settle for it in your boat. Whether in the car or in your boat your life and the others with you may depend on this safety equipment.

CNN Headline News Said,
"StayAlive is a life Jacket James Bond
would be proud to wear."

Popular Science Magazine wrote, The
Leatherman of life jackets

Motorboating Magazine gave StayAlive, Boat Keeper Award, Best Gear

For more information go to the StayAlive website at


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