Life Jacket Reminder - The Fisherman

Life Jacket Reminder

The one piece of safety equipment that all boats must carry is the lifejacket. Studies show if you choose to wear a lifejacket and you fall overboard, it increases your chance of survival. During the period 2005 – 2021, 82% of all drowning victims did not wear a lifejacket. Hidden hazards in the water, inclement weather, and unpredictable currents can be a danger to you and your passengers and wearing your lifejacket helps protect you and your family in unexpected circumstances.

Please note that in New York State, lifejacket wear is required for all boaters under 12 years of age and for all recreational boaters (including paddle craft users) aboard a vessel less than 21 feet in length from November 1 – May 1 (cold water months).

Your lifejacket must be:

  • US Coast Guard approved
  • Easily reached in an emergency (readily accessible)
  • Free of fading, rips, or tears
  • The proper size for the intended wearer