Water sports are a wonderful and safe hobby. Spectacular accidents that hit the press headlines are thankfully rare. Fun on the water means the untroubled enjoyment of your leisure. Who thinks of the risk of drowning? Particularly if you can already swim, a false sense of security can develop. It's easy to forget that emergency situations, panic, longer periods in the water and the accompanying hypothermia can rob even the best swimmer of his strength and put him at risk.

How to protect yourself when participating in watersports?

Of course, the primary precautions are rationality and discipline, observation of weather conditions and compliance with expert suggestions. The next step is to always wear buoyancy aids and life jackets, the best insurance against emergency situations and drowning.

Buoyancy-aids protect against sinking, cold and injury.

Life-jackets turn the person in the water on their back to keep head above the water facing upward, and to keep mouth and nose free to breathe. Other features like grabhandles, breech-straps, emergency whistle, light-reflexing patches etc. provide additional security and enable swift rescue of the capsize victim.


are the product of over 30 years of research, development and manufacture of water-safety products. The range includes a wide selection for all water sports and professional activities on the water. Highest CE + GS tested quality guarantees the user maximum security and a long product life-span.

The most important accessory is the one that serves your safety! Use GRABNER buoyancy aids and life jackets - because the best is only just good enough for your safety! GRABNER bouyancy aids and life jackets - you can't do more to ensure your safety on the water!

  • Buoyancy
    The core of GRABNER hardshell jackets is the buoyancy foam. It consists of millions of tiny, connected air bubbles, providing buoyancy that is impaired neither by gouges, slits, chemicals or extreme cold or heat.
  • Heat insulation
    An accident victim floating in the water loses body heat continuously. GRABNER hardshell jackets increase the chance of survival thanks to their insulating effect, keeping out the cold especially around the heart area.

Survival chance in water:

Water temperatur in Celsius degreeFalling into unconsciousness after hours
Death from hypothermia after hours
01/41/4 - 1 1/4
101/2 - 11 - 2
152 - 46 - 8
203 - 720 - 30
251230 and +

  •  Shock absorption
    GRABNER foam buoyancy aids and life jackets protect against injuries from blows and abrasions thanks to "shock absorption". And because they are super-soft, they adjust well to the movements of the body. Especially important in white-water sports and rafting.
  • Wearing comfort
    You will only wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket willingly if you feel comfortable and can move freely. GRABNER jackets provide a fit of maximum comfort and freedom of movement. To ensure you'll wear them when you need them. 
  • High-quality materials
    In order to withstand wear and tear in use, Graber buoyancy aids and life jackets are made of the highest quality material. Each jacket comes with detailed usage and care instructions as well as a storage bag.

    The CE test procedure includes the following individual test:

    Material test:  Tear resistance, tear strength, decomposition resistance, pressure and abrasion test, thermal stability, colour fastness, reflector material, etc.

    Component test: Connective strength (seams), buoyancy determination, horizontal and vertical load bearing capacity tests, fire proofing, etc.

    Water technical test: Putting-on time, test for proper fit, freedom of movement, jump from pool edge, jump from 3 m height, stable back-float position, rotation to safe back-float position in the event of loss of consciousness, freeboard height, swimming test, etc.
  • GRABNER buoyancy aids and life jackets
    ... are successful in sport and reliable in extreme use.

    GRABNER has been a buoyancy aid and life jacket specialist since 1975, and produces the most successful "sports" models in the world. World champions, European champions and national champions in a variety of water sports disciplines wear and win with GRABNER buoyancy aids and life jackets. Many expeditions, commercial rafting operations, numerous extreme sports adventurers, fire brigades, shipping enterprises and the armed forces also rely on GRABNER products.

    The experience from the field of top sports and extreme fields of use benefits us all. For the models for leisure sports are also designed and tested with the assistance of leading world champions and relevant experts.
  • CE approval certificate
    All GRABNER buoyancy aids and life jackets are tested according to the strict EN standards anregulations. The CE test numbers guarantee a product that satisfies all safety requirements to the full. Product manufacturing is to ISO 9001. 


When choosing between a buoyancy foam jacket and an inflatable life jacket, the following points should be considered:

Buoyancy foam jackets: obtain their buoyancy from built-in sealed-cell buoyancy foam. This means that buoyancy can never be lost. A buoyancy foam jacket provides the additional advantage of heat insulation, it is always ready to use, easy to care for, long lived and reasonably priced. These jackets are available as EN 393 buoyancy aids and as EN 395 life jackets.

Inflatable life jackets: obtain their buoyancy through the inflation of an air pocket. The advantage is its small size when deflated, and the wearing comfort.
Automatic air jackets require regular checks of function, careful care, periodic and conscientious maintenance and checking of the release and inflation mechanism, while the air pocket must be protected against damage.


Jumping into the water, wearing a buoyancy aid or life jacket?

The purpose of buoyancy aids and life jackets is to keep a person afloat when in the water.

Buoyancy aids and life jackets are NOT designed for jumping into the water from great height.! On the contrary, jumping from great height may cause injury (and spinal injury in particular), because of the impact jolt caused by the "brake action" when the buoyancy material hits the water and will not immerse.

When wearing GRABNER buoyancy aids and life jackets DO NOT jump into the water from heights exceeding 2 metres.

For heights up to 2 metres, wearing correct size and well fitting buoyancy aid is essential. Even at jumps from up to 2 metres, arms must be crossed and firmly pressed against the chest.