All paddlecraft (except those engaged in the act of surfing) are considered vessels by the USCG and must follow all general boating rules and regulations, including:
- All paddlecraft must have at least one wearable PFD of a proper size for each person on board. It won’t work if you don’t wear it!
- All paddlecraft operators must have a sound-producing device on board such as a whistle, bell, or horn.
- At night or in periods of limited visibility, all paddlecraft are required to carry at least one lantern or flashlight with a white light that must be visible in all directions. It is prohibited to display visual distress signals while on the water unless assistance is required to prevent immediate or potential danger to persons on board a vessel.