Boat Safety for Kids

Gear and tips to keep your kids safe while boating

From choosing kid's life jackets that fit just right, to following your state's safety laws and rules, you can maximize fun for kids while staying safe boating.

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Life Jacket Safety for Kids

The most important thing you can do to ensure your kid's safety on a boat is equip them with a properly fitting life jacket. Kids should wear life jackets whenever they are near on or on the water. In fact, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, federal law requires that when a vessel is underway, children under 13 years of age must wear their lifejacket.

life jackets by stateLIFE JACKET REQUIREMENTS BY STATE: Rules for life jacket requirements by age varies by state in the U.S. Check out this interactive map by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to find Life Jacket Rules by State.

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