Life Jackets for Pets
Four-legged family members need to stay safe on the water, too. There are a variety of life jackets made specifically for dogs (and even a few other types of pets). Check for them at marine supply stores and pet shops. A salesperson can help you measure your pet for the right fit.
The U. S. Coast Guard requires recreational vessels to have a wearable life jacket for each person aboard. These life jackets must be:
  • U. S. Coast Guard approved
  • The proper size for the intended wearer
  • In good and serviceable condition
  • Properly stowed (readily accessible)
All persons under 13 years of age in a boat 26 feet or less while underway on the waters of California shall wear a United States Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

Note: Boating out-of-state? There may be a different age requirement. Check with that state's boating authorities before heading out on the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard has more life jacket information here.


Cal-Boating
National Safe Boating Council
Boat US Foundation
U.S.Coast Guard