Life vest Regulations on the Water: What You Should Know


Hey guys this is Matt from Paradise aboard Co. I wanted to do a short Blog on what your going to want to wear out on the water paddle boarding because safety is our number one priority. Going out on the water is a great way to relax and have fun. But before you set sail, it’s important to make sure that you are up to date with Coast Guard regulations regarding life vests. Knowing these regulations can help ensure your safety and keep you compliant when out on the water. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about life vest  regulations for boating.


Types of Life vests 

The first step in understanding Coast Guard regulations for lifevests is knowing which type of vest is appropriate for your boat and passengers. There are three types of approved vests that can be used—Type I, Type II, and Type III. Each type has its own benefits and should be selected based on the size of your boat and its passengers.


Type I vests are considered “off-shore life jackets” because they are designed with the most buoyancy, making them ideal for long-distance open ocean sailing or other off-shore activities. Type II vests are considered “near-shore buoyancy vests” because they have slightly less buoyancy than Type I vests but more than enough to support an unconscious person in calm waters close to land or vessels. Finally, Type III vests are also known as “flotation aids” because they provide flotation support while allowing greater freedom of movement than either Type I or II vests. They are going to be the best for your paddle boarding adventures where mobility is key.



Knowing Coast Guard regulations regarding life vests  can help keep you safe while out on the water and ensure that you remain compliant with applicable laws and regulations when out paddle boarding or boating. It's important to choose an appropriate type of vest depending on the paddle board or vessel your going out on. You should always wear them during certain periods such as restricted visibility, windy ruff conditions and long paddles. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a safe day out on the water! We always recommend having everyone wear a life vest and a leash while on the water at all times. 


Paradise Board Co.


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