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Adult checking size of PFD on young girl
  • All vessels, except sailboards, must carry one wearable U.S. Coast Guard—approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD for each person on board.
  • All PFDs must be in good and serviceable condition and must 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.
  • In addition to the above requirements, vessels 16 feet in length or longer must have one U.S. Coast Guard—approved Type IV PFD on board and readily accessible.
  • Children under 12 years of age must wear a U.S. Coast Guard—approved Type I, II, or III PFD at all times while underway on the open deck of any vessel.
  • A person under 16 years of age must wear a U.S. Coast Guard—approved Type I, II, or III PFD at all times while on board a sailboard.
  • Everyone on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard—approved Type I, II, or III PFD.
  • Anyone being towed behind a vessel must wear a U.S. Coast Guard—approved Type I, II, or III PFD. Ski belts are not approved personal flotation devices.