Montana requires life jackets on paddleboards

Stand-up paddleboards have safety equipment requirements, like other vessels.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind persons using stand-up paddleboards 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.
In addition to having a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket on board, children under 12 years of age must wear a life jacket while using or on a SUP.
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.
Also, remember all people with watercraft, including SUPs must stop at AIS inspections stations.

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