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Fitting a pfd to a child
  • All vessels must carry one U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD for each person on board or being towed. If a Type V PFD is used, it must be approved for the activity at hand.
  • One U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type IV PFD must be on board vessels 16 feet long or longer, in addition to the requirement above.
  • All PFDs must be in good and serviceable condition and be readily accessible. The PFDs must be of the proper size for the intended wearer. Sizing for PFDs is based on body weight and chest size.
  • Children under 8 years of age must wear a properly secured U.S. Coast Guard–approved PFD at all times while on board any vessel, except when in an enclosed cabin.
  • Each person on board a PWC must wear a properly secured U.S. Coast Guard–approved PFD.
  • Each person being towed behind a vessel must wear a properly secured U.S. Coast Guard–approved PFD.
  • Each person on board a vessel within 800 feet below a hydro-electric dam and/or navigational lock and dam must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD.