Adventures in Boating Washington Handbook
The Official Boating Handbook of the Washington State Parks - Web Version
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Requirements for Paddleboards
The use of paddleboards on lakes, rivers, Puget Sound, and coastal waters beyond the ocean-surf zone is growing in popularity. The U.S. Coast Guard classifies paddleboards as vessels.
When using a paddleboard beyond the narrow limits of a swimming, surfing, or bathing area, certain requirements apply.
Paddleboard users must comply with recreational boating laws and rules.
Paddleboards must have:
- A life jacket for each person on board
- A sound-producing device such as a whistle
- Navigation lights when used between sunset and sunrise – this may be a flashlight or headlamp with a white light
- Visual distress signals when used on coastal waters