U.S. Coast Guard Requires Lifejackets for Kids

The U.S. Coast Guard's lifejacket regulation stipulates that all children under 13 years of age wear Coast Guard-approved lifejackets while aboard recreational vessels underway, except when children are belowdecks or in an enclosed cabin. This regulation only affects those states that do not have established requirements, by statute or law, for children to wear lifejackets. For more information, visit www.nmma.org.