Rescue Float Plus :
now better than ever
The Mariner Kayaks RESCUE FLOAT PLUS
was designed by Matt Broze, former safety editor for Sea Kayaker magazine, author of Sea
Kayaker's Deep Trouble and the developer of the outrigger
paddle float method of self-rescue. Matt wrote the detailed instructions that are
included. Its construction, features and versatility make it the finest device of this
- Rescue Float Plus is made from tough 200 denier nylon with
an extremely durable airtight coating of heat-sealable urethane inside the air bladders.
This rugged material is much more durable than the cheaper nylon/vinyl laminate used by
- Rescue Float Plus is reinforced inside the paddle blade
envelope, and the blade tip area is NOT part of the air chamber walls, so it is protected
from the paddle blade wearing from within.
- Rescue Float Plus has two separate air chambers for back-up
reliability. Either chamber alone has sufficient buoyancy for any of the several rescues
described in the detailed instructions packaged with the float. Our competitors cut costs
(but also reliability) by using a single air chamber.
- Rescue Float Plus has high capacity screw-closure inflation
valves mounted at the ends of 5" tektane tubes for better grip and easier inflation.
The Rescue Float Plus can be fully inflated in ten to fifteen seconds. (NOTE: Many of you
may have seen a float that has a problem with its one inflation tube tearing out of the
bag, which renders it useless as a rescue aid. This is a problem with vinyl elbows and
vinyl fabric coatings. Since some shops have confused this cheap imitation with the Rescue
Float Plus, we are forced to comment. We have never seen a problem with the more expensive
tektane elbows and urethane coated materials that we use. Both the bond and the materials
are tougher than those of vinyl.)
- Rescue Float Plus has a roll-down closure with
quick-release buckle so it can double as a buoyant, cushioned dry sack for camera or other
gear. The instructions even describe ways to use it for self-rescue without opening the
- Rescue Float Plus is provided with a shock cord and snap
hook which can prevent its loss during the excitement of an actual self-rescue. It can
also help secure the outrigger setup or allow an alternate method of attachment to the