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Indiana law requires the following with respect to PFDs.

  • All vessels must carry one wearable (Type I, II, III, or V) USCG–approved PFD for each person on board or being towed.
  • In addition to the above requirement, vessels 16 feet in length or longer (except a canoe or kayak) must have one throwable (Type IV) USCG–approved PFD on board and readily accessible.
  • Each person on board a PWC must wear a PFD.
  • All persons being towed behind a PWC on water skis or any other device must wear a USCG–approved PFD. Ski belts are not USCG–approved.
  • In addition to the requirements above, on Waters of Concurrent Jurisdiction:
    • A child under 13 years of age must wear a PFD except when the child is below deck in an enclosed cabin or the vessel is docked or at anchor.
    • Anyone towed by a vessel other than a PWC on water skis, a surfboard, a kite, or similar device should wear a USCG–approved PFD. Ski belts are not USCG–approved.
  • 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.
Person fitting a PFD on a child
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