Required Safety Equipment

Did you know the US Coast Guard considers that both Kayaks and Paddleboards are vessels?
They are and are required to have the same safety equipment as other human powered vessels under most all conditions.  We want you to be safe (and legal) out there too, so here is some info courtesy of the State of Florida.


Here is what this means if you are using a paddleboard:

Unless the paddleboard is being used within a "swimming, surfing or bathing area," the paddleboard must have a USCG-approved life jacket for each person and a sound-producing device on board while on the water.

Although persons on the paddleboard are not required to wear the life jacket while on Florida waters (unless they are less than 6 years of age), it is advisable to find a comfortable life jacket that you can wear or easily carry while on the water.

A "sound-producing device" is a small whistle or horn that can be heard for a least one-half nautical mile. "Referee-type" whistles or other similar devices that can be attached to your life jacket should work well.

If you are operating in limited visibility or at night, you will also need a flashlight or lantern that produces a white light. It should be displayed to approaching vessels in enough time to prevent a collision. The light should not be continually displayed.

If using a paddleboard offshore or on certain coastal waters at nighttime, visual distress signals may be required, per the Code of Federal Regulations.

This information on required equipment for paddleboards is general information and is not intended to address every situation on the water.

See all Florida Boating regulations here.

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