Life Jacket

Ohio’s Life Jacket Laws

Other than commercial vessels, no person shall operate or permit to be operated any watercraft that is 16 feet or greater in length without carrying one, Type I, II or III wearable PFD for each person...

Life Jacket Laws in Pennsylvania

All boats must have a USCG-approved wearable life jacket on board for each person. Life jackets must be the appropriate size for the person intended. Check the life jacket label to ensure it’s the a...

Maintaining Life Jackets and PFDs

Serviceable Life Jackets and Personal Flotation Devices For your life jacket to be ‘serviceable’ it must meet the following requirements: It must be Coast Guard-approved. It must be free of tears...

Life Jacket and Boat Equipment Laws in New Mexico

Life Jacket Laws in New Mexico All boats must carry a Coast Guard-approved, wearable lifejacket of proper size for each person on board or being pulled as a skier, plus one Coast Guard-approved throwa...

Life Jacket Sizing and Testing

Life Jacket Laws for Children The laws regarding children wearing life jackets vary by state. However, federal law requires any child 12 years of age or younger to wear a Coast Guard- approved Type I,...

Life Jackets and PFDs

Life Jacket Laws Always have the right safety equipment onboard your boat. It’s one of the most important things you can do for boating safety and it’s the law. Federal law requires that all boats...

Life Jacket Laws in Oregon

Oregon’s Life Jacket Laws All boats under 16 feet in length and all canoes, rafts and kayaks, must carry one, Type I, II or III wearable flotation device of suitable size for each person on board. A...

Using a Trip Plan

What is a Trip Plan? A trip plan (also known as a float plan or sail plan) is a document that outlines your expected travel itinerary while on the water. A trip plan should be given to a responsible p...

Towing Rules and Regulations

Towing Towing a water-skier, wakeboarder, kneeboarder or other towable device requires the use of a spotter. A spotter is a person who observes the person being towed at all times. The spotter notifie...

Boat Safety Equipment & Gear

Boat Safety Equipment Requirements in Canada Part of being a smart boater is fully understanding the boat safety equipment that is required onboard and knowing how to use it. Having the right equipme...