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Life jackets

When you are on the water, the single best thing you can do to avoid drowning is to wear your life jacket. It's just like wearing a seat belt while driving—when worn properly, it may save your life.

Minnesota law requires one U.S. Coast Guard approved, properly sized, and easily accessible life jacket for each person on the boat.

All children under ten are required to wear an approved life jacket at all times while in a boat.

While not required by law, we recommend that everyone wear a life jacket when on the water.
Learn more about life jacket types and regulations »

How to select and fit a life jacket

A properly fit life jacket will be snug, but not uncomfortable—it should allow for free motion.