Specific PFD Requirements
- All vessels must have at least one USCG–approved Type I, II, III or V PFD (life jacket) for each person on board.
- One Type IV (throwable) USCG–approved PFD must be on board vessels 16 feet or longer, in addition to the above requirement. Type IV must be immediately available. Immediately available means the PFD must be quickly reachable in an emergency situation.
- All PFDs must be clearly marked with the USCG approval number, in good and serviceable condition, and 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.
- Children 12 years old and younger must wear a USCG–approved PFD while on board any vessel. The only exception is if the child is within the enclosed cabin area of a vessel at least 19 feet in length.
- Each person on board a PWC and each person being towed behind a vessel on water-skis or other devices must wear a USCG–approved PFD.
- Each person on board a vessel operating on Utah’s rivers must wear a USCG–approved PFD. Persons older than 12 years of age may loosen or remove their PFDs while on designated flat water areas.
- Inflatable PFDs are not approved for use by persons on PWCs, persons being towed behind vessels, children, or persons boating on rivers.
Read and follow the label restrictions on all PFDs.