The Handbook of South Carolina Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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The U.S. Coast Guard classifies paddleboards as vessels.
Unless used in the surf at the beach like a surfboard, paddleboard users must comply with the USCG’s navigation rules and safety requirements. This includes the following safety equipment.
- Life Jacket: Paddleboards must have a readily accessible USCG–approved PFD for each person on board. Children under 12 years of age must wear an approved PFD.
- Sound-Producing Device: Paddleboards must have on board a sound-producing device, such as a police-type whistle.
- Visual Distress Signals: Paddleboards must carry night signals when operating on federally controlled waters between sunset and sunrise.
- Navigation Lights: Paddleboards must have at least a flashlight to use as a navigation light when operating between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility.