This Boat-Ed safety course video is an introduction to life jackets or PFDs, and discusses why they are so vital for safe boating. ...read more
Now let’s look at the equipment that you’re required to have on board. One piece of equipment that every boater must carry is a life jacket, more specifically, a US Coast Guard-approved Personal Flotation Device or PFD.
This is the most important piece of equipment on your boat and here’s why. Approximately 70% of all boating fatalities are drownings and nine out of ten drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket. That’s why you’re legally required to have a PFD for each person on board.