HOLT Inflatable Buoyancy Flotation Bag SAILING DINGHY ROWING BOAT CANOE (2023)

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Due to the ongoing and evolving "LOCKDOWN" situation in place since early 2020, we are anticipating a small delay in processing of orders and subsequent shipping due to a reduced workforce, in both our warehouses, and those of our suppliers.

Whilst we are trying our best to continue in a business as usual, we must again close our retail showroom doors temporarily to support the Governments COVID19 Strategy. Throughout this temporary closure we will still be shipping items from our warehouses and those of our suppliers, but it may at times be subject to a small delay.

The quickest way to get an answer to any questions you may have is to email us on customerservices@chasnewensmarine.co.uk Alternatively should you wish to actually speak to a member of our team, please call us on 02087884587 and Choose Option 1.

This is an air bag. Whilst these are mainly designed for various dinghies, this small one SB2702 IS VERY SUITABLE TO GO INSIDE THE SEATS ON Rowing Racing Boats.

Holt Buoyancy bags are made of tough, heavy duty PVC, shaped and finished to fit snugly in your boat.

Production Specifications:
Material: PVC 0.16" thick

Made to British Standard 3501-1

Dimensions: 45.7 cm x 15 cm / 18" x 6"

When fully inflated each bag provides 6.8 kg (15 lbs) buoyancy.

In order to comply with the new water safety code as set out by the ARA, all boats not manufactured with sealed buoyancy compartments or with buoyancy compartments breached must now fit sealed buoyancy bags inside the boat under each seat.

In response to this change of the safety code we now stock buoyancy bags designed for use in rowing and sculling boats. These can be easily retro-fitted to boats which do not have modern in-built buoyancy in order to bring them into line with training and racing safety recommendations.

It is recommended that two bags are fitted under each seat of a boat. Don’t forget it is not just the air in these bags that keeps the boat afloat but the volume they occupy cannot fill with water.

These bags are ultra-easy to fit simply by slipping them into the compartments of the deck.

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The delivery charge is automatically added to your order and you will see the total amount you have to pay before you confirm the order. Unfortunately we have to charge carriage but we do attempt to keep it to a minimum where possible

All orders leaving us require a signature, and the delivery could take place any time between 8am and 6pm depending on the courier used. If you are liable to be out, please give an alternative delivery address or type instructions into the notes section as you place your order.

Standard Service;We will aim to dispatch goods within 3 working days. Delivery on the standard service is via courier, will require a signature and we aim to deliver within 5 working days. This service will only arrive on working days.

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ANTIFOUL & PAINT ORDERS;Please be aware that we can only send antifoul & Paint products within GB Mainland. We CANNOT send antifoul & paint outside of GB Mainland. If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to contact our Mail order department.

LIFEJACKETS & CO2 CANNISTERS;Please be aware that we cannot currently send lifejackets with CO2 cannisters included outside of GB Mainland

LIQUIDS & CHEMICALS;Please note we are unable to deliver liquids or chemicals overseas or to highlands and island addresses. We will also have to use a courier service within GB Mainland for liquids or chemicals.

SALE OF KNIVES;In accordance with UK Law (The Offensive Weapons Act 1996), we are unable to sell knives to anyone under 18 years of age. We are unable to send knives to overseas destinations. You must upload a copy of a valid identity document to your order at time of ordering or your order will be cancelled. Knives must be sent on a signature courier service. Valid forms of ID are EU Passports, EU Photocard Driving Licence, MOD Form 90 ID Card, EU Member State National Identity Card, “PASS” ID Cards.

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To qualify for a refund you have 14 days from receipt of your order to notify us that you wish to cancel the order and return the goods. You then have 14 days to return the goods to us at your own expense. If you fail to notify us of your desire to cancel the order and return the goods within 14 days of receipt you are not entitled to a refund. If you do not return the goods to us within 14 days after notification you are not entitled to a refund.

Your items should be unused and in the same condition as received. They should also be in the original packaging.

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.

Please do not send your purchase back to the manufacturer.

If goods are faulty or damaged on receipt we will ask for photographic evidence of the fault or damage where feasible.

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Some items we sell may from time to time be subject to Age Restrictions imposed under UK Law.

Where this affects your purchase, you will be contacted by a member of our sales team, you will be required to provide us with a copy of photographic identification, from the list below. A valid photographic ID will also need to be shown to the driver on delivery, along with a signature.

By sharing your ID, you are helping us to ensure items that are intended for people over 18 end up in the right hands. Due to the importance of verifying age when delivering these products, age restricted items can only be delivered to the customer’s address, they cannot be delivered to a neighbour’s address or left in a safe place. In addition, they can’t be delivered to a locker or Pickup Point.

If an adult over the age 18 is not available at the address, or if an adult has not been able to show valid photo identification, the item will be returned by our couriers for re-delivery the following day. If your order is being delivered to a commercial address or residential apartment block, the receptionist, concierge or mailroom attendant receiving your parcel will need to provide a valid ID, showing they are aged 18 or over.

If they can’t, the parcel will be returned to our couriers for re-delivery the following day.

List of acceptable photo identification:

  • A passport
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  • A photographic identity card bearing a national Proof of Age Standard Scheme (PASS) hologram

All information we receive about customers is treated in accordance with our Privacy Notice, which can be found on our website.

Thank you for your understanding as we do our part in ensuring compliance with UK Law.


What do buoyancy bags do? ›

These air bags are commonly used in closed cockpit white-water kayaks to supply extra buoyancy in the event of a capsize or rescue. Constructed from a durable Terylene coated nylon material, and easily inflated/deflated using the twist style valves attached to the supply tubes.

What are canoe airbags for? ›

These airbags help to keep your canoe afloat in the event of a capsize. 2 buoyancy bags are required per canoe. Our 32″ canoe airbags are made from a flexible and durable material. The seams of this buoyancy bag are RF-welded to give a strong and airtight seal.

How do you inflate crewsaver buoyancy bags? ›

The trick with the crewsaver bags when the flap does not work (and this can happen with new ones on odd occassions) is to blow it up by mouth until nearly full then while keeping hand over hole, put the screw bung in your mouth and finish off the blowing.

What is the best buoyancy aid? ›

We've compiled a list of the very best safety equipment to wear when out at sea.
  • Typhoon Hydro SL Life Jacket. ...
  • Helly Hansen Rider Vest Buoyancy Aid. ...
  • Seago Active Pro 190n Life Jacket. ...
  • Gill Pro Racer Buoyancy Aid. ...
  • Spinlock Deckvest VITO Hammar 170N Life Jacket. ...
  • Typhoon Amrok 50N Buoyancy Aid.
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What is the difference between a life jacket and a buoyancy aid? ›

‍In simple terms, a buoyancy aid is to help you swim whereas a life jacket is designed to keep you afloat without the need for swimming. However, it is important to note that not all life jackets are the same and some are not guaranteed to protect you when in rough water conditions.

Is it better to sit or kneel in canoe? ›

Kneel when looking for more stability

The ideal paddling posture is sitting upright with your back straight. For most paddlers, sitting on the seats is often the most comfortable position. However, kneeling in the boat is the best position if you are looking for more stability.

Should you sit in front or back of canoe? ›

Sitting in the Stern (Back) of the Canoe

The back of the canoe is where the steering takes place. For this reason, the more experienced paddler, or more coordinated person, should be in the stern of the canoe. When there are only two canoeists, it is also better to have the heavier person in the back of the canoe.

Do I need canoe float bags? ›

Canoe float bags are necessary if you canoe in white water where the possibility of your canoe being swamped and pinned is much higher. If you are flatwater paddling, however, float bags are not as necessary as the danger of capsizing and losing your canoe is much less and usually the need for storage more.

How do kayak buoyancy bags work? ›

Float bags fitted to bow and stern compartments provide essential buoyancy by displacing water that would otherwise flood the kayak in the event of a hull breach, or hatch or bulkhead failure.

How do you inflate a swimming vest? ›

To inflate the product correctly, press the base of the valve to open it. The valve closes mechanically in about two seconds. As such, it is normal for a bit of air to escape after inflation. This is why you must close the cap quickly.

Do females float better than males? ›

Those with more body fat and less muscle usually float more easily. On average females have a higher body fat % 21-24% than males 15%-20%. Consequently females generally float more easily than males. You can enhance your floating by inhaling and holding your breath until you have to exhale then inhale quickly.

What size buoyancy aid should I get? ›

These standards refer to the minimum buoyancy that a lifejacket or a buoyancy aid should have based on the size of the wearer. For an adult of say 70kg, a buoyancy aid should give at least 50 Newton's buoyancy, while lifejackets of 100N and 150N should give the respective buoyancy.

How much buoyancy do I need? ›

Flotation (aka buoyancy) is the force (in pounds) required to keep a person's head and chin afloat above water. Most adults need just an extra seven to 12 pounds of flotation to stay afloat.

What are the 4 types of life jackets? ›

Intended Use:

Restricted to the special use for which each is designed, for example: sailboard harness, deck suit, paddling vest, commercial white water vest or float coats.

Will a life jacket keep you afloat if you can't swim? ›

Most people associate life jackets with boating, but they can also help provide support for inexperienced and non-swimmers in or around water, including open water, such as lakes, oceans, ponds, reservoirs and rivers, as well as controlled environments, such as a pool, waterpark or lifeguarded beach.

What are the 3 types of life jacket? ›

Select the Proper Life Jacket Type
  • Type I jackets offer the greatest buoyancy (over 20 pounds) and are designed primarily for offshore use. ...
  • Type II jackets are likewise designed to turn an unconscious person face up in the water. ...
  • Type III jackets likewise offer 15.5 pounds of buoyancy.

How do you not tip a canoe? ›

Entry/Exit Tips

There's a simple rule here. Draw a line from the bow to the stern right down the middle, that's a tight rope. So therefore never put your foot on the edge of that canoe, always in the center where the tight rope is. And then three points of contact, two hands and one foot.

What shape canoe is most stable? ›

Round: Canoes with round bottoms may feel a little shaky when you first step in, but with experience, this shape feels most stable in most waters; it also has a high final stability and is easier to propel through the water.

Is rowing a canoe good exercise? ›

Unlike competitive rowing, the leg muscles are not activated when paddling a canoe. Consequently, canoeing is an excellent complementary exercise for runners, cyclists, hikers and other fitness enthusiasts who typically train their legs but not their upper body muscles.

Why do you kneel in a canoe? ›

Plenty of canoeists stay seated all the time. But kneeling helps lower your center of gravity and helps you connect better with the canoe.

Do you sit on your knees in a canoe? ›

Kneeling remains the best choice for classic soloists and paddling most technical whitewater, but if you don't want to kneel, learn to paddle properly when seated.

Should you kneel in a canoe? ›

If you're paddling solo, the most common position to sit is on, or kneeling against, the bow seat while facing the stern of the canoe. This positions you closest to the center of the canoe, which gives you better control.

Should I store my canoe upside down? ›

Canoes should be stored "upside-down" on the gunwales. This prevents distortion or flattening of the hull from storing it on flat ground or on its side.

Will a canoe sink if filled with water? ›

Like any boat, canoes can sink if filled with water. Fortunately, there are many factors that can work together to mitigate the risk of both capsizing your canoe and the risk of having your capsized canoe sink.

Should a canoe be covered in winter? ›

Ideally, keep your canoe safely stored for the winter months by sheltering it from snow load and/or the ultraviolet rays of the sun and keeping it off the ground. Never wrap your canoe in a tarp, or shrink wrap, as this will help to trap moisture, causing wooden parts to rot and allowing mold growth.

Will a buoyancy aid keep me afloat? ›

A buoyancy aid is designed to keep someone afloat. It allows the wearer full movement whilst a water based sporting activity is carried out. However if unconscious, the wearer's head could be face down in the water.

How long does a buoyancy aid last? ›

A rough life expectancy is three years of use, although buoyancy aids exposed to polluted water may degrade faster than normally expected. In practice buoyancy aids far exceed a 3-year service life expectancy, and can be tested for buoyancy using a weight. The other issues are damage, stitching and wear.

How often should you replace a buoyancy aid? ›

We estimate that it will last for up to 500 hours use if cared for properly. That's around 3 - 4 years if it is used for three hours a week. If you use it for an hour a week, you may get ten years use from it. If you use it for 10 hours a week, you may need to replace it after a year.

How do you inflate a floater without a pump? ›

Use A Hairdryer and Water Bottle

All you have to do is cut off the top of a plastic water bottle and tape it to the end of a hairdryer using a little bit of duct tape. Make sure to use the small nozzle side of the water bottle.

Will a life jacket flip you on your back? ›

2. Standard Type lifejackets are approved for all vessels, except SOLAS vessels. They: turn you on your back to keep your face out of the water, even if you are unconscious.

Will a life jacket flip you over? ›

A lifejacket holds the person wearing it upright. It can turn the person over from face down to face up. A personal flotation device (PFD) will keep a person floating, but not necessarily face up.

Can you use an inflatable life jacket more than once? ›

Are inflatable life jackets reusable? Yes, inflatable life jackets are reusable, as long as they remain in good condition and continue to provide the expected amount of buoyancy. Just remember to replace the CO2 cylinder after it's been used.

Why do you need float bags? ›

Float bags fitted to bow and stern compartments provide essential buoyancy by displacing water that would otherwise flood the kayak in the event of a hull breach, or hatch or bulkhead failure.

Why do you need a buoyancy aid? ›

Buoyancy aids are simply that - an aid to buoyancy that generally relies on help being close at hand. It assumes that the wearer is able to help themselves to some degree by swimming to safety or by keeping themselves afloat while assistance arrives if required.

Are float bags necessary? ›

Canoe float bags are necessary if you canoe in white water where the possibility of your canoe being swamped and pinned is much higher. If you are flatwater paddling, however, float bags are not as necessary as the danger of capsizing and losing your canoe is much less and usually the need for storage more.

What should you not do before a float tank? ›

Don't shave or wax on the day of the float as the mineral laced solution that helps you float can irritate tender skin. Eat only a light meal before your float session as a large meal just before you float can cause noisy distractions. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol on the day of your session.

Do you get cold in a float tank? ›

You won't be cold.

The water and air in the float pods are kept at skin temprature – 93.5 degrees. This means you lose track of where you body ends and the water and air begins.

How long should you stay in a float tank? ›

We recommend 60 or 90 minutes for first time floaters. As you become more experienced and aware of the effects, you may find that 60 or 90 minutes are effective. Others may want to float for 2, 3, or more hours.

Why do I sink when I try to float? ›

Why Do I Sink When I Try to Float? Human muscle is denser and less buoyant than fat. If you're in good shape and have low body fat, you will have a harder time floating. Even if you are super muscular, you can still float; it will just take more time to perfect and learn how you can let the water hold you.

Will a life jacket save you if you can't swim? ›

Most people associate life jackets with boating, but they can also help provide support for inexperienced and non-swimmers in or around water, including open water, such as lakes, oceans, ponds, reservoirs and rivers, as well as controlled environments, such as a pool, waterpark or lifeguarded beach.

Why is it harder for skinny people to float? ›

Hicks explained not everyone can float -- it depends on body density and their ability to displace enough water to float. People with smaller or muscular body types tend to have trouble. RelaxNSwim further explains fat is less dense than muscle and bones, so fat floats more easily.

How tight should a buoyancy aid fit? ›

It should feel snug without being too tight. If you can't make your life jacket fit snugly, then it's too big. If you can't comfortably put it on and fasten it, it's too small. Different models of PFD's have different ways of putting them on and adjusting them.

Do you shower after a float tank? ›

If you wear contacts, it's good to bring a case, your solution, and your glasses. You also do need to shower before and after getting in the tank, so if you have special toiletries you want, you should bring those, too. If you have long hair, you might want to bring a brush.

Do you get wet in float tank? ›

Yes, your hair will get wet, though the water is neutral and the Epsom Salt is not at all harsh.

What is the best material to float on water? ›

A thin, inflatable object like a rubber raft is an ideal way to trap air for floatation. Styrofoam works well too because consists mostly of trapped air. It may not be very strong however (and the rubber raft may have strength or stability issues as well). Balsa wood is also mostly trapped air.


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