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Georgia law requires the following with respect to PFDs.

  • All vessels must have at least one USCG–approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD for each person on board. However, Type V PFDs are acceptable only when worn and securely fastened.
  • In addition to the above requirements, one Type IV USCG–approved PFD must be on board all boats (except vessels less than 16 feet long which includes PWC, canoes, and kayaks) and readily accessible.
  • One Type V PFD may be substituted for any other type if it is specifically approved by the USCG for the activity at hand. Type V PFDs may not be substituted on children weighing less than 90 pounds.
  • Each person riding on a PWC must wear a USCG–approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD that is properly fitted and fastened. Inflatable PFDs are not approved for use on PWC.
  • The person being towed must wear a ski belt; ski jacket; or Type I, II, or III PFD that is properly fitted and fastened.
  • All PFDs must be in good and serviceable condition and must 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.
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