Cold Weather Life Jacket Regulation Change

Starting November 1, 2012, boaters will be required to wear a life jacket on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak during the cold weather months from November 1 to April 30. Boat Smart…wear your life jacket year-round! For more information on this regulation or life jackets, visit

Here are some cold water survival safety tips:

  • Always wear a life jacket, even when not required. Many models also offer insulation from cold air.
  • Never boat alone.
  • Leave a float plan and know the waters you plan to boat.
  • Bring a fully-charged cell phone with you in case of emergency.
  • Wear clothing that still insulates when wet such as fleece, polypropylene or other synthetics.
  • If you are about to fall into cold water, cover your mouth and nose with your hands.  This will reduce the likelihood of inhaling water.
  • If possible, stay with the boat. Get back into or climb on top of the boat.
  • While in the water, do not remove your clothing in cold water.
  • Once out of the water, get out of the wet clothes and warmed up as soon as possible.

1 Comment

  1. allmountaingirl said,

    November 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Good to know!! thanks!

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