Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

■■ All vessels must have at least one USCG–approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device (life jacket) for each person on board. However, Type V PFDs are acceptable only when worn and securely fastened.
■■ Georgia law requires that all children under 13 years of age wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved PFD while on board any moving vessel. This law does not apply when the child is in a fully enclosed cabin.
■■ In addition to the above requirements, one Type IV U.S. Coast Guard–approved PFD must be on board all boats (except vessels less than 16 feet long which includes PWCs, canoes, and kayaks) and readily accessible.
■■ One Type V PFD may be substituted for any other type if it is specifically approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for the activity at hand. Type V PFDs may not be substituted on children weighing less than 90 pounds.
■■ Each person riding on a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device that is properly fitted and fastened. Inflatable PFDs
are not approved for use on PWCs.
■■ All PFDs must be in good and serviceable condition and must be readily accessible.
■■ Persons being towed must wear a ski belt; ski jacket; or Type I, II, or III personal flotation device that is properly fitted and fastened

TYPE I: Offshore Life Jackets
These vests are geared for rough or remote waters where rescue may take awhile. They provide the most buoyancy, are excellent for flotation, and will turn most unconscious persons face up in the water.

TYPE II: Near-Shore Vests
These vests are good for calm waters when quick rescue is likely. A Type II may not turn some unconscious wearers face up in the water.
TYPE III: Flotation Aids
These vests or full-sleeved jackets are good for calm waters when quick rescue is likely. They are not recommended for rough waters since they will not turn most unconscious persons face up.
TYPE IV: Throwable Devices
These cushions and ring buoys are designed to be thrown to someone in trouble. Since a Type IV is not designed to be worn, it is neither for rough waters nor for persons who are unable to hold onto it.
TYPE V: Special-Use Devices
These vests, deck suits, hybrid PFDs, and others are designed for
specific activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, or water-skiing. To be acceptable, Type V PFDs must be used in accordance
with their label.

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