To be safe, you’ll need the right equipment and to know the regulations that were designed for your safety.
Equipment varies based on boat type, boat length, and
sometimes by a waterbody’s inherent conditions (e.g. whitewater rivers and the
Pacific Ocean/coastal bars).
Be sure you meet the equipment requirements and know the regulations for the waterbody where you'll be boating. Check frequently, because we're updating our rules to be consistent with Federal regulations and eliminating rules that no longer fit the boat uses.