I'm part of a club that bought a boat/winch for acro runs over water. I'm psyched about this season. However, I'm getting mixed advice on life preservers/floatation.
1) Some guys say, "Get one of those slim/inflating life preservers, you hardly know it's there and you might be glad you have it."
2) Other guys say the inflating variety will wedge you in your harness and cause problems. Instead, they suggest a traditional semi-bulky life preserver.
3) Then there are guys like me that always fly without one. I've had three water landings and I've always been fine. I was a competitive swimmer and surfer back in the day and I'm pretty comfortable in the water. On the other hand, I'm only a good swimmer when I'm conscious.
Is there a standard that's been agreed upon based on all that experience in places like Lake Garda? What do those guys use, if anything, when they intend to push their personal limits?