I took Captain with me when i went fishing the other day. It was his first time. It was also his first time really having mostly-free reign at water. He took full advantage. He is wearing his 30' lead because there is a slight current in the water, and he continued to try to get out of water at the dock instead of the shore. I put the lead on him to have a line if needed for rescue, but i intend to get him a PFD until he becomes older, stronger, and more skilled at swimming.