scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: THE PFD QUESTION
Tue May 23 2000 - 23:34:57 CDT
In a message dated 5/23/2000 7:01:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time, whs@IDCNET.COM
> Captain James A. Umberger, USCG (Ret.), the immediate past
> National Sea Scout Commodore, sent this along. I think that it
> answers the practical problem of wearing PFDs. All Sea Scout, Tiger
> cub, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing Leaders
> should take notice.
Hello all, I can only echo these remarks from personal experience. I am
very comfortable in, on and under the water. I have always been a strong
swimmer and felt that PFD's were great to sit on or kneel on, but a drag to
My son and I went canoeing a few weeks ago. I always make him wear a PFD.
For whatever reason (example?) I put on my PFD. We took an unexpected spill
(the first time for me) and into the drink we went. I got caught in the
current and got washed downstream about a hundred yards until the water was
calm enough to get out. Other than a few bruises, only my pride was hurt.
Upon reflection, I was shocked at how quickly the current, cold water,
clothing and bouncing off of rocks sapped my strength. I am not sure how I
would have fared had I not had the PFD on. I thank God that he gave me the
prescence of mind to wear that thing on that day. I am a true convert and
will wear my PFD always. I am not willing to let my son become an orphan
because of my stupidity.
Just a thought.
Jeff Stine, SM T-29, Martinsburg, WV