Life Jackets

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Life Jackets Save Lives!

Nationally, 80% of people who drowned in boating accidents would have survived had they been wearing a life jacket. Wear it Utah!

Remember:  Utah law says there must be at least one properly sized U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person aboard a vessel. Life jackets must be readily accessible and not in an out-of-reach location or in original packaging. 

Who Needs to Wear a Life Jacket?

  • Children under a certain age are required to wear life jackets (under 13 years of age).
  • Participants engaged in towing activities, anyone on a PWC, river sections that are not designated as flatwater are required to wear a life jacket.
  • Any boat 16’ and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must carry a throwable PFD called a Type IV

Throwable devices must be immediately available for use such as in the cockpit or near the helm