Know the Rules and Requirements
Boating laws concerning the use of individual life jackets vary greatly from state to state. Some states require life jackets for anyone under the age of 6 or anyone under 14, depending on the boating situation. Other states require them for all persons on a boat, whether child or adult. Visit the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators to find the requirements for your state. Your state not listed? In December 2002, the U.S. Coast Guard passed an interim rule for states where no child life-jacket laws exist, requiring all children under the age of 13 to wear a life jacket on boats that are under way.