Critical situations can arise in an instant while boating or swimming. A sudden cramp can strike even a strong swimmer, making it difficult to return to the boat or to shore. Having a throwable boat cushion or throwable life preserver close at hand can help you assist the swimmer, even if you're not able to personally reach them. Choose a throwable life preserver with built-in straps that aid you when throwing it long distances, and look for sturdy exterior shells that can help prevent water from soaking in and reducing the buoyancy. A throwable boat cushion can double as a comfortable seat during normal use or be stored in a cubby or cabinet. Make sure to have standard life jackets and fishing and boating life vests available for yourself and all of your passengers when enjoying a day on the water.
If you're out on the water during rough conditions, visibility can be drastically reduced. A throwable life preserver in a florescent orange can make it easy to find during an emergency, and it can help a swimmer spot it, even if he or she is in distress. Other highly visible colors, such as red or white, can also serve the same purpose. In addition, properly maintained boat lights make sure that there is illumination to guide the swimmer closer to your boat.