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Connecticut State Law regarding Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)

Special PFD Requirements: Connecticut

     The operator or owner of any vessel being used for recreational purposes shall require any child under twelve years of age who is aboard such vessel to wear a personal flotation device while such vessel is underway unless the child is below deck or in an enclosed cabin. 
      During the period from October 1st through May 30th, all persons on board a canoe or kayak shall wear type I, II, III, or V, U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device and no operator or paddler shall allow any person to be aboard who is not wearing such a device.

Special PFD Requirements: Darien Boat Club

     In addition to the State of Connecticut requirements, The Darien Boat Club requires all children twelve years of age and under to wear a Coast Guard approved PFD on the gangway and docks at all times.

Additional Information

     You can find additional information on this subject at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection web site.


Additional Publications

     The below publications are available at the Boat Club during the season.


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