Flotation Devices (PFD)
when you are on or near the water always have a PFDs
(often called lifejackets) or a suitable
buoyancy aid. They must be worn at all times of
heightened risk. This may include, for example:
rough seas, non-swimmers, alcohol consumption,
emergencies and distress.
It is compulsory for a PDF to be carried on all recreational
How Many PFDs Do I Need?
You must have at least one, wearable PFD for
each person onboard, and it must be the
appropriate size. It is also wise to have
throwable device (Type IV PFD).
Mandatory Safety Equipment
A wide range of PFDs is allowed in the rule to
suit all types of boating activity. The skipper
must ensure that a correctly sized serviceable
PFD is available for every person on board. See
In some sports and ceremonial events the PFDs
may be carried in another boat which stays in
the immediate vicinity.
size. If your boat is 16 feet or longer
(generally excluding canoes and kayaks but check
your state's regulations) you must also have one