Required Equipment for Paddlers

Old 05-16-2020, 10:30 AM
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Required Equipment for Paddlers

Paddlers often wonder what equipment they are required to have on board. I think it is useful to first understand that unless being used in a swim, beach or surf area, just about anything that can be used for transportation on the water is considered a vessel. As vessels, paddle craft will have to comply with the equipment carriage laws. I will go over the federal requirements and caution you that some states may have laws that differ. I am presenting this in lay terms to keep things simple.

First and most importantly paddlers will need to have a properly sized life jacket in good condition on board. Remember they don't work if you don't wear them. We’ll discuss this in greater detail tomorrow.

Because under the Navigation Rules paddle craft are vessels, you’ll need a sound producing device like a referee’s whistle or a canned air horn.

If you operate at night or periods of darkness, you’ll need lights that comply with the law. We’ll cover this in greater detail later in the week.

If you operate at night in certain areas, you’ll be required to have flares.

That’s about it for paddlers. It’s really not much. You’ll want to follow us through the week, because we are going to touch on some of the recommended equipment as well.

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