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Title 10 Regulation of Activities

Division I. Penal Code

Chapter 10.14 Boating Safety

Section 10.14.060 Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)

  1. Performance requirements for PFDs (adult size) are as follows:

    1. Type I PFD is a device designed to turn an unconscious person in the water from a face downward position to a vertical or slightly backward position and have at least twenty-two pounds of buoyancy.

    2. Type II PFD is a device designed to turn an unconscious person in the water from a face downward position to a vertical or slightly backward position and have at least fifteen and one-half pounds of buoyancy.

    3. Type III PFD is a device designed to keep a conscious person in the water in a vertical position and to have at least fifteen and one-half pounds of buoyancy.

    4. Type IV PFD is a device designed to be thrown to a person in the water and is not designed to be worn. It is designed to have at least sixteen and one-half pounds of buoyancy.
       
  2. Every vessel less than sixteen feet in length shall have at least a Type IV PFD for every occupant, except that:

    1. canoes, kayaks, personal watercraft and similar type vessels will have at least a Type III PFD worn by the occupant/operator;

    2. persons engaged in water skiing, aquaplaning or similar activity shall have a Type I, II or III PFD worn when engaged in such activity, or a wetsuit specifically designated by a manufacturer for that purpose and capable of floating the water skier.
       
  3. Every vessel greater than sixteen feet in length shall have at least one Type I, II or III PFD for every occupant.

    1. Except for canoes or kayaks, each vessel shall have one Type IV PFD in addition to the other PFDs required.
       
  4. All PFDs must be in serviceable condition and appropriate size for the person wearing it.
     
  5. All PFDs must be readily accessible in case of an emergency.
     
  6. All persons under seven years of age shall wear at least a Type III PFD of an appropriate size any time they are on any waterways.
     
  7. Every operator and person on a vessel on moving water shall wear a Type I, II or III PFD.
     
  8. Every person on a flotation device on moving water shall wear a Type I, II or III PFD.

Date Passed: Monday, June 4, 2007

Effective Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Recodification ORD C34041 Section 1