Personal Flotation Device

Stages of Hypothermia and Cold Water Survival

If suffering from hypothermia, the victim’s core body temperature drops below normal levels, resulting in weakened muscular functions, reduced co-ordination and slowing of mental functions. A pers...

Running Aground Emergencies

Running Aground Step 1) Determine whether passengers and the vessel are in danger. Step 2) Immediately shift the motor to neutral. Step 3) Visually and/or verbally confirm that all passengers are pres...

Hypothermia and Cold Water Immersion

Hypothermia Hypothermia is a drop in core body temperature, caused by prolonged exposure to abnormally low temperatures. Hypothermia can be caused by: Immersion in cold water Exposure to cold air and ...

Collisions and Abandoning Ship

Collisions If your craft has been involved in a collision, perform the following: Step 1) Ensure that everyone is wearing a life jacket or PFD. Step 2) Visually and/or verbally confirm that all passe...

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 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 Michigan

Life Jacket Laws The Coast Guard requires that all boats less than 16 ft. in length (including canoes and kayaks) carry one approved Type I, II, III or IV personal flotation device (PFD) for each per...

Arizona’s Life Jacket and Boat Equipment Laws

In Arizona, all boat types, except sailboards, are required to carry one, Coast Guard-approved, wearable life jacket in good and serviceable condition for each person on board and placed so as to be r...

Nevada’s Life Jacket Laws

Every boat must carry at least one Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board and for any person being towed by the boat, placed so as to be readily accessible for use in an emergency. ...

Swamping or Sinking

Hull Leaks and Flooding Striking underwater hazards such as a submerged rock, sunken island, shoal or deadhead may cause serious damage to your craft resulting in a breach of the hull. If the hull of ...