Course Outline

Number of Required Visual Distress Signals

If pyrotechnic devices are selected, a minimum of three must be carried. Any combination can be carried as long as they add up to three signals for day use and three signals for night use. Three day/night signaling devices meet both requirements.

The following is an illustration of the variety and combinations of devices which can be carried in order to meet the requirements:

three hand held red flares
  • Three hand held red flares (day and night)
  • One electric distress light (night), and three hand held orange smoke distress signals (day)
  • One handheld red flare and two parachute flares (day and night)
  • One handheld orange smoke signal, two floating orange smoke signals (day), and one electric distress light (night)