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