A new study entitled On-Water Visibility, conducted by Mustang Survival, and sponsored in part by WorkSafeBC's Research Secretariat program, found that florescent green immersion suits routinely beat standard oranges, reds, and yellows in terms of visual detection in water – particularly in low-light conditions.

Lead researcher Wendell Uglene, Research Manager for Mustang Survival, says he conducted the study "to find which colour was most conspicuous when floating on the water because we simply didn’t know."

Mustang Survival is committed to promoting water safety, and we are proud to be community partners with BOATsmart!, an organization dedicated to enhancing boating safety through pleasure craft operator training programs and testing. Lindsey Jeremiah, our guest blogger from BOATsmart! offers insight on keeping yourself safe while enjoying the water. 


“Falling overboard is the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen nationwide. Of the 182 fishermen who died from falls overboard between 2000 and 2011, NONE of them were wearing a personal flotation device (PFD).“ - PFDs that Work - Overview

The take-away is clear: find a comfortable PFD and wear it on deck at all times.

After 70 days and over 2,500 nautical miles on the journey form Dakar, Senegal to Miami, Florida the CWF Africa to the Americas Expedition has about 1,000 miles left and is expected to “hit” land in Miami sometime around April 20th.

I had the privilege last week of attending the 2013 Bassmaster Classic and let me just say, it could be one of the best Classic events yet.  Tulsa along with BASS did an amazing job hosting the event and I could easily see BASS returning. We live less than an hour from Grand Lake and it was really nice being close to home. All of our family and friends were able to come over and share in all of the excitement and that means so much to us!

When you purchase an inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD), you’re investing in your safety and the safety of your family and friends. The best PFD is the one you wear, but it can only save your life if it works. That’s why it’s so important to maintain your PFDs and to inspect them regularly to make sure they are in good condition and working properly.

This post provides some basic tips to help you regularly inspect your PFD, and verify that it fits, floats, and remains in top notch condition.


“So that others may live.”

For the 1200 surface and aviation rescue swimmers in the US Navy, this motto is a simple expression of their reality. Their job is to routinely put the lives of others before their own while completing rescue missions in some of the most extreme environments imaginable. The definitive task at hand is survival. There is no margin for error.

Why are most PFDs red? Is there scientific backing or is it merely an appeal to tradition?

It was a simple question that evolved into a study lead by Mustang Survival Research Manager, Wendell Uglene, and co-sponsored in part by WorkSafeBC's Research Secretariat program. The study entitled On-Water Visibility, delves into the question of what colour to wear to improve your chances of survival on the water.

Last year, when the OAR crew approached us with their plans to row the unpredictable Salish Sea to circumvent Vancouver Island, we didn’t initially grasp the full nature of the journey. Throughout their remarkable trip, they stayed connected with families, friends, teachers and students using satellite communication and streaming video. We followed the crew’s adventures through giant waves and bone-chilling temperatures and were amazed by their passion and dedication to the expedition. 

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is among the most knowledgeable and proficient agencies in the world regarding over-water operations. With 86 years of experience conducting hazardous missions, there is still inherent risk in operating over water. Should the unthinkable happen and a rescue helicopter is forced to put down, how will the crew survive until help arrives?