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Life jackets are the number one proven way to save a life in the event of a sudden, unexpected capsizing or fall overboard. Wear It!

Important Reminders

  • Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard-approved.
  • Double check that your jacket is appropriate for your favorite boating activities.
  • Take the time to ensure a proper fit.
  • Life jackets meant for adults do not work for children. If you are boating with children, make sure they are wearing properly fitted, child-sized life jackets.
  • On recreational vessels underway, children under 13 years old must wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket unless they are below decks or in an enclosed cabin.

From state to state, Wear It! is everywhere. For more information, please visit the logos below:

To receive information about your state's laws and regulations on life jackets and boating, contact your state's Boating Law administrator. You can look up your state at, call headquarters at (859) 225-9487, or e-mail at