|Required Equipment for Alabama Boaters|
Safe Boat Operation begins by
making sure your boat and required equipment are together and in good working order
before you get out on the water.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadron will provide a free
boat safety check for any recreational boat.
Members from either team are available to verify all safety equipment is on board and in good working condition. You can qualify for a safety decal if you meet certain additional requirements. Be sure to visit the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary website for additional details.
Alabama's minimum requirements for specific equipment and documents to carry on board while the vessel is in use include:
Your Alabama Boater's Certificate / Card (For all boaters - other approved certificate / card is acceptable)
Personal Flotation devices (PFDs)
Enough can not be said about the importance of wearing life jackets. Most boating fatalities are the result of victims not wearing a life jacket. Federal law requires every boat to be equipped with an adequate supply of good quality Coast Guard approved Life Jackets available in sizes that fit every passenger and crew member properly.
In addition to abiding the law, PFDs should ALWAYS be worn by: