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Paddler with leash

When operating a paddlecraft, certain requirements apply.

  • Maryland law does not specify age or education requirements for paddlecraft operators. However, take reasonable precautions concerning the age and skill levels of anyone in a paddlecraft. This is particularly important in a kayak or on a paddleboard, where the paddler is usually the only person on board.
  • In Maryland, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and stand-up paddleboards are not required to be registered. However, if you mount a motor on a paddlecraft, all rules for motorized vessels apply. You must register the craft and obtain a Certificate of Number and decals as you would for any other motorized vessel.
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