Coast Guard reminds boaters to wear it!
The students attending River Quest learned about life jackets in a session called, “It Floats, You Don’t” by the Duluth Sail and Power Squadron. But you may not know all the regulations. The Coast Guard reminds boaters and all water enthusiasts to always wear life jackets while on the water.
Here’s what every boater should know:
• Certain life jackets are designed to keep your head above water and help you remain in a position which permits proper breathing.
• To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and longer must have at least one Type IV throwable device as well.
• All states have regulations regarding children wearing life jackets.
• Adult-sized life jackets will not work for children. Special life jackets are available. To work correctly, a life jacket must be worn, fit snugly and not allow the child’s chin or ears to slip through.
• Life jackets should be tested for wear and buoyancy at least once each year. Waterlogged, faded or leaky jackets should be discarded.
• Life jackets must be properly stowed.
A life jacket — especially a snug-fitting flotation coat or deck-suit style — can help you survive in cold water.
Federal law requires life jackets on board for the operator and each passenger, and all children 13 years old and under are required to wear a life jacket.To learn more and find the right life jacket for you go to www.uscgboating.org.