Indiana life jacket regulations

Discussion in 'Boat Safety' started by gargoil77, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. gargoil77

    gargoil77 New Member

    Clarksville, Indiana
    Does anyone know when the regulations changed in Indiana for life jackets from where you could have a flotation device to where you have to have an actual life jacket? Got a debate going on with a friend.
  2. MRR

    MRR New Member

    check your Water Patrol web site for your state .It should tell you in there.

  3. dg775577

    dg775577 New Member

    Hey Garfoil I cut this from the Indiana Boating Regulations.
    FYI this document is available from the BMV offices and is also available from the website.

    Required Equipment for Your Boat or PWC
    When preparing to go out, the operator must
    check that the legally required equipment is on board.

    Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) IC 14-15-2-6(b)
    All boats must carry one wearable (Type I, II, III or V)
    U.S. Coast Guard–approved PFD for each person on
    board or being towed.

    Boats 16 ft. in length (except a canoe or kayak) or longer
    must have one Type IV USCG-approved PFD on board
    and readily accessible.

    Each person on and all persons being towed behind a
    PWC on skis or any other device must wear a USCGapproved
    PFD. Ski belts are not USCG-approved.

    All PFDs must be:
    • U.S. Coast Guard–approved.
    • In good and serviceable condition.
    • Readily accessible. You must be able to put the PFD on
    in a reasonable amount of time in an emergency. PFDs
    should not be stowed in plastic bags, in locked or closed
    compartments or have gear stowed on top of them.
    • Of the proper size for the intended wearer. Sizing for
    PFDs is based on body weight and chest size.

    In addition to the above, on Waters of Concurrent
    Jurisdiction the following applies: 312 IAC 5-13-1.
    • Children under 13 years of age must wear a PFD
    except when the child is below deck in an enclosed
    cabin or the watercraft is docked or at anchor.
    • Anyone towed on water-skis, a surfboard, a kite or
    similar device must wear a Type I, II or III PFD
    (Type V PFDs are not approved). (See pages 45-46 for
    rules on the Ohio River.)