Stand-up paddleboards have safety requirements

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind persons using stand-up paddleboard that a life jacket is required to be on board. The use of SUPs has exploded in Montana over the past few years. The vessels are fun, easy-to-use and have equipment requirements, not unlike other vessels. 

All SUPs need to have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket on-board, children under 12 years of age must wear a life jacket.

With this increase in popularity more people than ever are participating in this recreational activity. In 2008 the U.S. Coast Guard determined that stand-up paddleboards are considered to be a vessel when used outside a marked swimming area, and that state law applies for safety equipment.



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