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More information on Life Jackets, PFD's and Tethers:

Sailing comes with risks, and safety equipment like the life jacket or personal flotation device, tethers or inflatables life jackets are a necessary part of being on a boat. Tethers and jacklines are another safety staple of the avid sailor, providing the security of attachment to the vessel and must be manufactured according to strict regulations for safety and durability. 


Sailing life jackets are a necessary part of your apparel. The importance of a life vest is obvious and cannot be taken lightly by anyone who steps onboard. Life jackets and personal flotation devices are intended to save lives if you go overboard, keeping them afloat in a head-above-water position. Lightweight fabrics and highly buoyant materials have allowed manufacturer's to increase the effectiveness while modify shape and design of personal flotation devices. U.S. Coast Guard Approved unless otherwise indicated.


APS strives to provide sailors with only the best options from the best brands.


Astral PFD's:

Designed for team coaches, college sailors, and anyone else who spends tons of time in their PFDs, Astral life jackets use innovative and environmentally friendly materials. Women’s specific models available.

Buoyancy Aids:

Lightweight, low-profile, and minimal bulk. Buoyancy aids are a good option for small and sporty keel boats, but are not USCG approved.  Tons of selection from top brands: Gill, Musto, Neil Pryde, Slam, Spinlock, and Zhik.

Gill PFD's:

Race proven by and designed for maximum comfort and adjustability. Gill lets you choose front or side zip entry.

Inflatable PFD's & Tethers:

Inflatable PFDs are used inshore to reduce weight and improve comfort on the water.  Offshore versions incorporate heavy-duty harnesses and tether attachment points to keep you connected to the boat.  We offer both Spinlock and Mustang Survival options.

Kid's & Junior PFD's:

Keep your kids safe with correctly and comfortably sized PFDs. We even have kid’s size inflatables! Check out options from Gill, Extrasport, Astral, and Spinlock.

Stohlquist PFD's:

Innovative, highly mobile, and low-profile Stohlquist designs are great for kayaking, whitewater, and of course dinghy sailing! Women’s specific models available.

Tethers & Jacklines:

Meet race requirements and ensure your safety with the highest quality Wichard and Spinlock tethers and jacklines.


Check out our blog post on how to decide which PFD is right you:


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