What are the Mandatory Kayak Accessories/Equipment in USA?
United States boating regulations vary from state to state, but on a national
level the US Coast Guard requires that:·
recreational boats must carry one wearable, readily-accessible, in good condition,
USCG-approved personal floatation device for each person on board. Children
12 years old and younger must wear a PFD at all times.
- Your kayak must include a system to signal your
presence such as flares, signal mirror or flashlight.
- All recreational vessels - including kayaks - are required to display navigational lights between sunset and sunrise and during other periods of reduced visibility such as fog, rain or haze.
- The USCG, working with affiliated local
organizations, offers all small craft owners a free, annual Vessel Safety Check
(VSC). An educational procedure rather than an enforcement of the law, the VSC
helps increase everyone’s safety in small craft boating.
up-to-date United States Coast Guard Regulations visit: http://www.uscgboating.org