VX Life Jacket Sailing wetsuit Vaikobi



Maintain optimal temperature and comfort with Vaikobi PFD life jackets, clothing and boots for dinghy sailing and high performance sailing.

What safety essentials do you need for sailing?

Please read our article on sailing safety essentials before you head out sailing. The article includes the best clothing for sailing as well as handy accessories for boating. 

What’s in the Vaikobi sailing apparel range?

Vaikobi was founded by a sailor, and half our team sails, so we know what makes you perform well and feel good when sailing. Our sailing collection features an extensive list of gear including all the best base layers, wetsuits and accessories to keep you moving in style on the water. Check out our flexforce wetsuits, VX Race PFDs, rashies, wetsuit booties, spray jackets, smocks, hats, visors and sunglasses to get kitted out for your next regatta. 

Post-sailing and keeping warm in the boat park 

Returning to shore after dinghy sailing or foiling usually requires some degree of unrigging or packing up gear. Keep warm with a full zip hooded towel before you can get away to get changed. (It also makes an excellent gift to the ocean athlete in your life!)

Team shirts and rashies 

Have a team competing in a big event? Our shirts are available for customisation to keep you and your teammates looking schmick on and off the water. They are available to order in bulk and are a fantastic way to unify a fleet. 


While a life jacket is not mandatory for inshore paddle boarders, the benefits of wearing a life jacket in on a SUP is the ability to stand out (be visible on the water) with a brightly coloured life jacket, and the benefit of being able to take water with you in a hydration bladder that fits into your PFD. Find out what to take for a great day out paddle boarding.

Life jackets do not have an expiry date, but there are several things to watch out for as your PDF life jacket gets used over time. Stay safe and find out more about PFD expiry dates in our article: Do life jackets have an expiry date.

Different states within Australia have different rules around wearing PFDs while kayaking, as do other countries around the world. Please check with your local waterways authority before kayaking alone. Find out more in our comprehensive article to find out if you need a life jacket for kayaking.

Swim vests are worn to help aid a neutral swimming position and are mostly worn by young children. A life jacket is different to a swim vest in that is has an official buoyancy rating and is not designed for stroke swimming, rather to keep you safe in the event of an emergency.

A PFD life jacket is a personal floatation device which has a safety and buoyancy rating for keeping adults or children afloat in the water. All Vaikobi PFDs have a buoyancy rating above the minimum floatation required, which is ISO 12402-5 certification. Find out more in this article: How to choose the right PFD for you.

We’re glad you asked! A life jacket, buoyancy vest or PDF are pretty much the same things, but are called different terms around the world. To find out more, read our article: What is the difference between a PFD and a life jacket.