I'm looking at upgrading my PFD to a lower profile PFD with the extra rings and harness setup used for rescue. I'm looking for suggestions on where to learn more (books, websites) to help make my decision. As a learning playboater, I also want it to be low profile (at least lower profile than my existing PFD, which is a traditional Perception whitewater PFD).
I've heard that the 'rescue vests' are not what is currently being promoted for rescue -- new/different techniques are being taught -- is this true? So, would the extra functionality that comes with a rescue PFD be a waste of $?
(Note: I also plan to take a Swiftwater Rescue class, but I want to do my 'homework' first.)