PFD

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...

Using a Pre-departure Checklist

Pre-Departure Checklist Completing a Pre-Departure Checklist before getting underway is an excellent way to avoid unsuitable operating conditions and reduce the risk of a breakdown. You should always ...

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...

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...

Oklahoma’s Life Jacket and Boat Equipment Laws

All boat types are required to carry one, Coast Guard-approved, wearable life jacket in good and serviceable condition for each person on board. Children’s Life Jacket Law Children who are 13 ye...

Life Jacket and Boat Muffler Requirements in Idaho

Idaho requires that each vessel or personal watercraft must have at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable Type I, II, III or V life jacket of proper size, in serviceable condition, and readily ...