Boating is a fun and relaxing activity that many people enjoy on weekends and vacations in places like Lake Mead and Lake Havasu. However, there are many things you should know about boating to ensure you have a safe time on the water.

These safety rules are recommended by our Las Vegas boat accident attorneys will help you enjoy your boating experience and ensure the well-being of your passengers and others sharing the water.

Life Jackets for All Boaters

Aquatic vessels must be equipped with at least one U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device for every person onboard the vessel and any person the vessel is towing.

According to NRS §488.193, the personal floatation device must be:

  • Positioned in a location that makes it easily accessible
  • Ready to use in an emergency
  • Out of its original packaging
  • Not under lock and key

Any passenger under the age of 12 must wear a life jacket at all times while he or she is on the vessel. If a passenger or operator is over the age of 13, the passenger can wear a life jacket at his or her discretion.

Additionally, any vessel that is more than 16 feet but less than 26 feet in length must carry a type IV personal floatation device approved by the U.S. Coast Guard that is capable of being thrown.

The device can be a ring life buoy or buoyant cushion. The type IV personal floatation device must be readily accessible for use in an emergency and in a position to be thrown by the vessel’s operator or passenger.

Any vessel that is more than 26 feet in length must carry a U.S. Coast Guard-approved type IV personal floatation device that is capable of being thrown and has no less than 30 feet of throwing line attached.

Also, every motorboat must have a fire extinguisher capable of extinguishing burning gasoline. The fire extinguisher must be a marine type that has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. You must maintain the fire extinguisher so that is in usable conditi