Buoyancy Bags For Kayaks & Canoes
Air Bags For Extra Buoyancy in Open Canoes and Whitewater Kayaks
Buoyancy bags and blocks are used in both sit in Kayaks and Canadian Canoes to reduce the amount of water that can get into the boat in the event of a capsize/ swim, they very are important to make the boat easier to rescue if you swim. In general purpose and whitewater kayaks we use split stern air bags- these generally go behind the seat either side of the foam pillar (so you will need a pair) and ideally will fill almost all of this space. The use of air bags means when you tilt it tail down the airbags will force the water out of the boat. In some larger kayaks it is also possible to fit bow buoyancy bags in front of the footrest to further help.
In open canoes airbags or solid foam buoyancy blocks are used to reduce the amount of water in the boat if you do capsize or get swamped. Generally open canoe buoyancy is fitted to each end of the boat, for whitewater people will often fit centre bags as well.