Washington's State Boating Laws

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).

Washington's Life Jacket Laws

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.

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