Stand-Up Paddleboarders Will Get Ticketed for Not Wearing Life Jackets

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Sup, bro? You totally into that crazy SUPing? You know, that stand-up paddleboarding? Well, the Conservation Commission Marine Patrol is about to cramp your style and issue a ticket if you decide to SUP in certain areas without a life jacket.

In 2008 the U.S. Coast Guard decided to classify paddleboards as vessels. According to the Palm Beach Post, anyone operating a vessel in areas that aren't designated for swimming, surfing, or bathing must be wearing a life vest. Operators must also have a whistle and, at night, a flashlight and a visual distress signal.

So a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tells the Post that it'll begin issuing warnings to paddleboarders who don't meet the requirements. Repeat offenders could face a fine of $90. The FWC's full requirements can be found here.

Technically, paddleboarders aren't required to wear a life jacket, but they must have it on board. And there's not really much room on a paddleboard for a life jacket unless you're wearing it. So, paddle boarders, get ready to accept those awkward tan lines.

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Guy Hackett
Guy Hackett

The  paddleboard is your personal flotation device. The life jacket would be redundant. 

seep
seep

this is communism

Bebep
Bebep

Gonna ruin my tan bro!

Rowyourboat
Rowyourboat

Unless I'm reading the law incorrectly, this only applies to people who paddle board "in areas that aren't designated for swimming, surfing, or bathing", then you'll be fine.  I live on South Beach so the only area I see this being a problem is in the bay.  However, I've never seen signs that say no swimming so it's possible a ticket can be contested if you get one. I've never seen anyone get a ticket since I've lived here so I don't think it's a big deal.  Well, right now anyways. And I agree with Seth P, I don't understand why people who ride motorcycles don't have to wear helmets.  I think that's far more dangerous that not wearing a life vest on a paddle board.

Caeser_Palache
Caeser_Palache

 Although it seems like years, Scott did not take office until 2011 and this law was passed in 2008. 

SUP Yo
SUP Yo

There's usually a place where you can tie the vest to the back of the paddleboard.  

Jim Camp
Jim Camp

Tough one, do longboarders need life vests ? Same dimensions for the surfboard pretty much.

Seth Platt
Seth Platt

Will you guys be ticketing regular surfers too? How about kiteboarders? How about boogieboarders? This seems like an awful lot of Government intrusion from a Republican administration. Nanny State Scott

Seth Platt
Seth Platt

Worst idea ever. If motorcycle riders don't have to wear helmets then why should SUP riders who already have a floatation device have to wear life jackets?

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