On October 3, 2008, the U.S. Coast Guard ruled that stand up paddle boards were "vessels" and as such, would be required to follow the same laws as other watercraft regarding the requirement of personal flotation devices and emergency signaling equipment. Here's what you need to know:
- Surfboards ARE NOT required to have personal flotation devices of any kind or emergency signaling equipment.
- Stand up paddleboards used in designated swimming, bathing or surfing areas ARE NOT required to have personal flotation devices of any kind or emergency signaling equipment.
- Stand up paddle boards used outside of designated swimming, bathing or surfing areas are REQUIRED to have a USCG-approved Type I, II, III, or appropriate Type V life jacket for every person on the board along with a loud, audible emergency sound producing device (a whistle will do) and an emergency signaling light if operating after sunset (a waterproof flashlight will work).
- Personal flotation devices DO NOT have to be worn by people age 13 or older but there must be one on the paddleboard for each rider.
- Personal flotation devices MUST be worn at all times by those age 12 and under.
- Belt pouch-type inflatable personal flotation devices must be worn at all times, regardless of rider's age, to meet the life jacket regulation.
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