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Life Vest/Floatation Device Molokini/Lanai

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Life Vest/Floatation Device Molokini/Lanai

We are probably going to do both a Molokini snorkel trip and either a Trilogy trip to Lanai or just take the ferry and do Lanai on our own. Still haven't decided on company for Molokini trip.

I believe Triology requires the use of a life vest or what not. For me this is not a problem because I wear one anyway. My boyfriend, who is very experienced in the water, thinks this may be annoying or could for whatever reason, limit what he can see, mobility, etc.

Any knowledge on this or recent experience with Trilogy or other companies will be helpful. Also, is the requirement for a life vest a requirement just for Molokini or does the same rule apply on Lanai. I imagine the snorkeling off Lanai might not be as deep as Molokini, but haven't been yet!

Thanks for the guidance.

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1. Re: Life Vest/Floatation Device Molokini/Lanai

We have traveled with Trilogy to both Molokini and Lanai (great trip by the way!) as well as a few other trips and never had to wear a vest!!? They tell you where they are available but we've never been "forced" to wear them! Never even been encouraged to!

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2. Re: Life Vest/Floatation Device Molokini/Lanai

Thanks mamma! When I searched in the forums on molokini trips, I can across a thread or two about how they required this, regardless of experience level. Good to know they don't force this upon anyone. I guess it should be an "at your own risk" type thing!

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3. Re: Life Vest/Floatation Device Molokini/Lanai

Now we have a dilemma. Every time I have been on a Trilogy Tour, they required everyone to wear some kind of device. Since mamma hadn't had to, I went to their web-site and under the safety link, found this.

Every snorkel tour or scuba dive is under the personal supervision of one or more ocean safety specialists. Every swimmer or diver is required to wear a BCD (buoyancy compensator device) regardless of ability. If you are a scuba diver using a BCD goes without saying, but some swimmers think this somehow limits their mobility—the truth is just the opposite happens. The BCD can be worn un-inflated or partially inflated and in most cases guests find that the BCD helps keep them afloat and warm at the same time!

Here is the link

www.sailtrilogy.com/pages/safety.php

Edited: 24 August 2011, 03:16
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4. Re: Life Vest/Floatation Device Molokini/Lanai

Ahhh..now I get it!! I had a noodle IN THE water on both! No vest on board , that was my original concern,or in the water...guess that was my "floatation device"!

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5. Re: Life Vest/Floatation Device Molokini/Lanai

We were on a Trilogy trip to Lanai recently, and yes, they required everyone to wear some kind of safety devices (Their insurance required it). But, for good swimmers, you can wear this vest kind of thing that does not need to be inflated, so you can dive etc. I wore one of those, and did not put air into it, and I dived with it to take some close-up pictures of the fish and reef. Their safety devices do not limit what you can see at all.

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