Enjoy Your Time on the Water with the Proper Safety Gear

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 90 percent of the people who drown in a boating or water accident would be alive today if they had been wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident. Avoid being part of this statistic by following proper watersports safety guidelines and making sure you and your family are wearing the correct gear.
 
Start by reviewing the guidelines in your area as they differ from state to state. For example, Michigan requires that children less than 6 years of age wear a Type I or Type II personal flotation device (PFD) when riding in the open deck area of a boat. In all instances, be sure the PFD is U.S. Coast Guard approved.
 
“We offer three different sizes of children’s vests and we strongly recommend that children wear them around any body of water, including pools. Of course, it’s also extremely important that adults wear them whenever they are engaged in a watersport activity,” said Body Glove’s Jono Siegel.
 
Dunham’s Sports carries Body Glove’s Phantom line of vests, which are available in child (30-50 lbs.), youth (50-90 lbs.), men’s and women’s sizes. The adult sizes range from small to 2XL.
“Phantom vests feature a neoprene outer shell, which, unlike nylon, will feel better against your skin since it’s a more comfortable material. These vests also feature lumbar support and segmentation for easier movement,” Siegel added.
 
Also featuring a neoprene outer shell is the Traditional Vest from O’Brien. This vest offers the security of 2-belts and a zip closure. O’Brien also offers a nylon 4-belt adjustable Sport Vest, with versions available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.
 
“We’ve learned that people will tend to buy neoprene vests for themselves and nylon vests for their guests. Nylon and neoprene provide the same level of safety protection, so the difference is price and comfort,” explained O’Brien’s Scott Houseman.
 
According to the Coast Guard, the PFD must fit snugly and not allow the wearer’s chin or ears to slip through. Be sure to try them on in the store while wearing light (not bulky) clothing. Both of our experts recommend proper care to ensure the PFDs last a long time and work as designed.
 
“Make sure they dry out properly after use and store them out of the sun,” Houseman said.
 
“Test them for wear and buoyancy at least once each year. Waterlogged, faded or leaky jackets should be replaced,” Siegel added.
 
Follow these suggestions to ensure an enjoyable and safe season on the water.
 
-Water baby
 
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Get Out, Lie Down

 
The kids are getting out of school and the weather is getting hot. That can only mean one thing—summer!
 
This time of year is great for being outside and soaking up sunshine, no matter where you are. Hot summer weather also means lots of fun in any body of water—from the pool to the lake!
 
Water sports may be what you look forward to doing all week. There’s plenty of fun to be had water skiing, wakeboarding or tubing. But there may be another kind of water recreation on your mind this summer—relaxing! And relaxing is something that everyone in the family can participate in. Leisure time out on the water can be the perfect way to take in the summer sun.
 
If it’s leisurely time you’re in the mood for, Dunham’s has all the Nash Sports products you’ll need, including those with the Comfort Top.
 
“On the Dual Lounger and on the Aqua Plank, the Comfort Top surface makes the item super comfortable,” said Brian Zaletel of Nash Sports. “It is an edge-to-edge finish that is non-abrasive with a super soft feel.”
 
The Comfort Top items are growing in popularity, Zaletel said. The Comfort Top is available in the Aqua Plank and the Dual Lounger in addition to several towable models. With this material, you can relax in total comfort.
 
“The Comfort Top doesn’t get cold and crack. Doesn’t get hot in the sun,” Zaletel said about Comfort Top. “It is just a nice surface that works in all conditions.”
 
There are plenty of Nash Sports products available for Summer 2014. The Body Glove one-person Easy Rider River Float, Water Bug with matching floating cooler, and the Riviera Foam Floats are all great options! The Riviera floats come in a variety of colors. Any of the floats available are great for the pool, lake or river. Zaletel says if you’re headed to the lake, you might want to try the Comfort Top Aqua Plank which measures 6 feet by 12 feet. If you want even more room, the Aqua Planks have zippers to attach several floats together!
 
So get out this summer and relax on the water. Try one of the many Nash Sports products available at your local Dunham’s Sports. With all of the selections available enabling you to either rip up the waves or saw some Z’s, you can’t make a wrong choice for the summer.
“After a rough day this is the perfect way to unwind,” said Zaletel.
 
-Water baby
 
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Water Sports at Their Slickest

When the air is hot, skin is sticky and kids are whining there’s only one thing to do – take it outside and into the water! Swim, float or get adventurous and take a stab at water sports with a couple of these products for some seriously cool summer fun.
 
Hopping on Water
 
When some think of water sports they imagine tricky back flips on wakeboards and choreographed routines on jet skis – but not all water sports are so elaborate.
 
One of the simplest and most popular products is the water trampoline, a giant inflatable trampoline that rests on the water’s surface. Designed for rest and play, one can lounge on the mat to catch some rays or bounce high to the sky while getting splashed from below.
 
The Arsenal, a popular model by water sports manufacturer Hydroslide can be left inflated all summer of long, or easily deflated and packed up for a weekend trip to the lake. It should be noted that while undeniably fun, water trampolines are not built like ground trampolines, so users are not going to get as much bounce height as they would on the ground – instead they just get wet!
 
Tubular Times
 
Tubing is always a big summertime hit, because almost anyone can do it – no fancy equipment or skills required. “You can pull a tube with just about anything with a motor,” says O’Brien Representative.
 
With a vast selection of tube types available, users are sure to find one to suit their needs. Single and multi-rider tubes with individual seats make for a relaxing journey on the water, whereas extreme tubes are built for fast, exciting rides. One tube that falls between the two categories is the Super Screamer by O’Brien. A two-person lay-on type tube, the device features a flat top with neoprene padding for comfort that tubers can stretch across and still catch air with when hitting the waves.
 
The Bees Knees
 
Another exciting and easy to use water accessory is the kneeboard. Kneeboards can be a great tool for those just starting to get their feet wet in the world of water sports since the learning curve is fairly shallow. “You can start doing tricks like 180s and 360s after just a few tries,” says O’Brien. Designed for kids as young as seven, kneeboards can be a good stepping stone between tubing and more challenging sports like skiing or wakeboarding. The Radica by O’Brien and the Revolution by Hydroslide are both popular basic kneeboards and perfect for beginners.
 
Get Wet
 
With so many exciting activities to choose from, warm weather bashers will have little to complain about this summer – all it takes is a dip in the lake and a something that floats to start having fun with water sports.
 
-Water baby
 
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