All boats in Washington (including human-powered or non-motorized craft, such as kayaks and inflatable rafts) are required to carry a Coast Guard-approved, wearable life jacket for each person aboard the boat. Additionally, boats greater than 16 feet in length must also carry a readily accessible, Coast Guard-approved throwable device (i.e. a Type IV PFD).
Life Jacket Laws for Children
In Washington, boat passengers 12 years of age and under are required to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while aboard any boat that is less than 19 feet in length (unless the child is in a fully enclosed area, such as a cabin).
Personal Watercraft (PWC) Law
Any person aboard a PWC is required to wear a Coast Guard-approved, Type I, II or III life jacket.
Towed Sports Law
Any person being towed by a boat is required to wear a Coast Guard-approved Type I, II or III life jacket.START NOW