CIVIC - SAFETY - REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
LIFE JACKETS (PFDs)
PERSONAL FLOATION DEVICES
PFD Types
Wearing them is always preferred.
Video produced by the Dominic Trionfo Memorial Fund
At 14, Dominic died in a jet ski accident on Peconic Bay.
Type I -off-shore maximum buoyancy unit.
Type V -inflatable or special suit type,
                         buoyancy varies.
(Type V must be worn when boarded or
inspected to count toward requirement.)
Type II -near-shore, less buoyancy than type I
Type III -inland/max comfort, type II buoyancy.
Type IV -throwable unit for calm water rescue.
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.
All PFDs must be USCG approved, properly sized for
the passengers aboard and worn or readily available.
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.