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Paddler with leash

The USCG classifies stand-up paddleboards as vessels. When using a stand-up paddleboard beyond the narrow limits of a swimming, surfing, or bathing area, certain requirements apply.

  • Stand-up paddleboard users must comply with recreational boating laws and rules.
  • Stand-up paddleboards must have:
    • A wearable PFD 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
    • VDSs when used on coastal waters
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