Arkansas PFD Requirements

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

  • Arkansas boaters are required to carry at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved Type IV PFD (ring buoy OR seat cushion) on all recreational boats that are 16 feet in length or greater, in ADDITION to the wearable PFD required for each person onboard all boats.
  • Someone being towed behind a vessel is required by law to be wearing an approved PFD.
  • All PWC occupants must be wearing their PFD while underway.

Children: All boaters or passengers 12 years of age and younger on the deck or cockpit must be wearing their PFD, while the vessel is underway.

Education Requirements

Boater Education is required for all persons born on or after January 1, 1986 who operate a powered watercraft on Arkansas waters. more info...