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Safety Policy 

Safety FIRST !




The United States Coast Guard and the state of Louisiana recognize a paddleboard as a vessel when operated outside the confines of a surfing or swimming area. Therefore, many of the same requirements for personal flotation devices, visual distress signals, sound producing devices and the use of a navigational light after sunset apply when paddle boards are operated in Louisiana waters.


A paddleboard less than 16 feet in length must meet the following safety equipment requirements when operated in Louisiana waters:

  •  All paddle boarders must have a United States Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board.

  •  Any child age 16 and younger must wear a USCG-approved life jacket at all times while on a paddleboard.

  •  Paddle boarders must carry a whistle or horn, or some other sounding device capable of making an efficient sound signal.

  •  When operating between the hours of sunset and sunrise, paddle boarders must carry a visual distress signal – an electric distress light or flares – suitable for night use. This applies to all boards operated on coastal waters and directly connected waters (bays, sounds, harbors, rivers, inlets, etc.)  Which are two miles wide or wider.

  •  When operating between the hours of sunset and sunrise, a paddle boarder also must have an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light ready at hand for use as a navigation light, which must be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision.


Paddleboards longer than 16 feet may have additional safety requirements.

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