also known as PFDsAll PFDs must be USCG approved, properly sized for the
Type I - off-shore maximum buoyancy unit.
Type II - near-shore with less buoyancy than type I
Type III - inland/maximum comfort type, type II buoyancy.
Type IV - throwable unit for calm water rescue.
Type V - inflatable or special suit type, buoyancy varies.
(Type V must be worn when boarded or inspected
to count toward the minimum requirement.)
What You are Required to Carry (minimum)
Boats less than 16', canoes & kayaks
One type I, II, III or V for each person on board.
Boats over 16'
One type I, II, III or V for each person on board and
one type IV throwable.
passengers aboard and either worn or readily available.
Wearing them is always preferred.
In NY, anyone on a jet ski, being towed behind a vessel,
or under 12 years old must be wearing a PFD.
Exception for children under 12, only if they are in a fully enclosed cabin.