The US coast Guard considers a paddleboard a vessel and is there by subject to the same rules and regulations of vessels under 16’ in length. Failure to observe proper safety rules could result in serious injury or death.
1.) Observe all watercraft laws and use common sense at all times
2.) Always wear a PFD (personal flotation device) If you choose not to wear one it still needs to be with you when paddling.
3.) Make sure that you or your guests are proficient swimmers before setting out on a paddleboard.
4.) Do not use this paddleboard when under the influence of alcohol or any other mind-altering drug.
5.) If paddling alone always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.
6.) Do not paddle after dark.
7.) Always be aware of any changing weather conditions, wind or current that could inhibit your paddling ability.
8.) If paddling in wind or current always wear a leash to prevent the board from getting away from you should you fall.
9.) Mark the bottom of your board with a name, telephone number and email address so authorities can identify you should your board be found drifting or washed up on shore.