Virginia Kayaking Laws (Rules and Regulations) | Paddle Camp (2022)

Virginia kayaking laws are set and governed by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. Conservation Police Officers employed by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources enforce those kayaking rules and regulations.

Virginia is home to a number of waterways and sits on the east coast, encompassing many miles and thousands of acres of water. This wide array of diverse waterways makes VA a great option for kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and other water vessel activities.

Here’s a summary of what you need to know about VA kayaking laws.

Not a Lawyer Disclaimer: I am not an attorney. More importantly, I am not your attorney. This article is not legal advice. If you desire legal advice, consult a competent, licensed attorney in your area.

VA Kayaking Laws Summary

  • Virginia Kayaking Laws – Virginia law considers kayaks and canoes to be manually propelled vessels.
  • Virginia Kayak Registration – Manually propelled kayaks and canoes are exempt from registration.
  • Motorized Kayak Registration – All motorboats must be registered and display valid stickers. This includes a trolling motor on a canoe or kayak.
  • Kayak Operator Licensing in Virginia – Non-motorized vessels do not require a license to operate in Virginia. Operators of motorized vessels with a 10hp or greater motor are required to have a boating safety education course completion card.
  • Motorized Kayaking Age – All operators of motor vessels with 10 or more horsepower, regardless of age, are required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board. (See below for further restrictions)
  • Kayaking BUI Law – Virginia has an Operating Under the Influence (OUI) law that applies to all vessels. No person is allowed to operate a watercraft under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other self-administered intoxicants. A person is operating illegally when their blood alcohol content is .08% or above. (see below for additional regulations)
  • Kayaking Life Jacket Law – All canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must have on board one USCG approved wearable PFD for each person on board. (see below for kayak and canoe specifics)
  • Kayak Lights Law – Kayaks must carry a white lantern or electric torch that can be displayed in sufficient time to prevent collision.
  • Kayaking Sounding Devices – A sounding device that can make an efficient sound signal for 4-6 seconds is required on all paddlecraft vessels. (see below additional for regulations)
  • Kayaking VDS Law – VDS are required on kayaks when operating on coastal waters at night.

That only summarizes Virginia boating laws applied to kayaking and canoeing. The details are more in-depth and specific. Read on to find out how to paddle legally in Virginia.

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Virginia Kayak Registration

Non-Motorized

Do you have to register a kayak in Virginia? No. Manually propelled canoes, kayaks, and other non-motorized vehicles are exempt from registration.

Motorized

Do you have to register a kayak with a trolling motor in Virginia? Yes. All motorized vessels require a valid certificate of number and validation decal. Registrations are good for three years.

Titling

Virginia Vessel Titling: All motorized vessels must be titled. Vessels can be registered and titled at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Registration Resources

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Virginia Kayaking Operator Education Laws

Non-Motorized

Do you need a license to kayak in Virginia? No. Boater Education is not required for any non-motorized vessel in Virginia.

Motorized

Do you need a license to operate a motorized kayak in Virginia? Yes. All persons, regardless of age, must successfully complete an approved boating safety education course and keep the card on board to operate any motorized vessel legally.

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Youth

All operators of vessels with 10 horsepower or more, regardless of age, are required to have a boating safety course completion card.

Virginia Kayaking OUI Laws

Can you get a DUI on a kayak in Virginia? Yes. Virginia’s OUI law prohibits anyone from operating any vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You can get the equivalent of a DUI, an OUI (Operating Under the Influence) in Virginia with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08%, or if under the influence of controlled drugs or other substances when operating any motorized vessel. Virginia has a Zero Tolerance policy for anyone under 21 years of age.

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Virginia Kayak Life Jacket Laws

Do you need a life jacket to kayak in Virginia? Yes. All canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must have on board one USCG approved wearable PFD for each person on board, and all persons 13 years of age and under must wear a properly sized coast guard approved life jacket whenever the boat is in operation unless below deck or in an enclosed cabin.

Virginia PFD Details:

  • All PFDs should be readily accessible, in serviceable condition, and of the appropriate size for the intended user.
  • All wearable PFDs in Virginia are required to by a USCG-approved Type I, II, III, or V. Type V PFDs must be worn according to their instructions.

PFD Age Laws

What age do you have to wear a life jacket in Virginia? All persons 13 years of age and under must wear a properly sized coast guard approved life jacket unless below deck or in an enclosed cabin.

Type IV Throwable PFD

Do I need a Type IV “throwable” on my kayak in Virginia? No. Paddlecraft are exempt from Virginia’s law that all vessels 16 feet or longer in length must carry at least one throwable PFD.

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Virginia Kayaking Lights Laws

What lights do I need on my kayak at night? All unpowered vessels less than 23 feet in length must have at least one bright light, lantern, or flashlight of white color which can be displayed in sufficient time to prevent a collision.

While anchored or adrift, the white light must be on.

Powered vessels require USCG-approved red and green side lights as well as a white all-around light when not at dock. The white light must be visible at a distance of at least two miles, and the colored lights must be visible at a distance of at least one mile.

Virginia Kayaking Sounding Devices Laws

Do I need a whistle on a kayak in Virginia? Yes. Paddlecraft must have some way of making an efficient sound signal that lasts between 4-6 seconds in duration, such as a whistle or air horn.

The best “sounding” device for kayakers and canoeists is a whistle attached to your PFD in a place that’s quick and easy to deploy.

Here’s what we consider to be the best whistle for kayaking.

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VDS – Visual Distress Signaling Devices

Visual distress signals are required when operating on coastal waters between sunset and sunrise. Motorized vessels 16 feet and greater are also required to carry day signals. Visual distress signals must be USCG-approved, in serviceable condition, and readily accessible.

Night Signals

Night signals are required between sunset and sunrise when operating on coastal waters in Virginia.

Day Signals

Visual Distress Signals are not required for non-motorized kayaks during the day unless the boat is over 16 feet in length.

Virginia Kayaking Fire Extinguisher Laws

Do I need a fire extinguisher on my motorized kayak in Virginia? No. Even if you have a trolling motor on your kayak, if the fuel tank isn’t permanently installed and is of open construction, you aren’t required to have a fire extinguisher.

Regardless of the law, we recommend carrying a small class B-I fire extinguisher if you have a trolling motor on your kayak or canoe. The worst thing in the world is a fire on a boat with no way to put it out, especially if you’re far from the shore.

Additional Virginia Kayaking Laws Resources

Boating Law Enforcement

Conservation Police Officers employed by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources enforce Virginia’s boat and water safety laws.

As always, USCG officers enforce federally controlled waters in Virginia.

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Boating Safety Education Resources

FAQs

What are the laws for kayaking in Virginia? ›

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, anyone of any age is allowed to operate a non-motorized boat (such as a kayak or canoe). Virginia kayak laws state that if the boat has a motor of 10 horsepower or greater, the operator must be 14 years old or older and complete a boating safety course.

Do you need a launch permit for a kayak in Virginia? ›

Yes. An Access Permit would be required unless the person is otherwise exempted or waived. Please note that at most DGIF fishing lakes a kayak or canoe must be used in association with fishing or hunting before it is allowed on the lake.

Does a kayak have to be registered in Virginia? ›

Do you have to register a kayak in Virginia? No. Manually propelled canoes, kayaks, and other non-motorized vehicles are exempt from registration.

Can I kayak anywhere? ›

To get to the water, you have a legal right to carry your kayak along any public highway such as a public road or footpath. You may have a legal right to carry kayaks over private land to get to the beach, even if there is no footpath, but don't expect the landowner to be happy about it.

Do you need a life jacket on a kayak in VA? ›

For a boat less than 16 feet long, or a canoe or a kayak of any length, you are required to: Everyone on board a personal watercraft (popularly known as “jet skis”) and anyone being towed behind a vessel must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

Do you need a license for a canoe in Virginia? ›

If you propel the canoe by any type of motor, including an electric motor, then you must register and title it if it is used on the public waters of Virginia. Otherwise, you are not required to register or title a canoe in Virginia.

Do you need a permit to kayak in Virginia Beach? ›

All boats, including canoes and kayaks, must have a valid City of Norfolk Boat Permit as the water is governed by the City of Norfolk. *Ample vehicle and trailer parking. From the parking area, you will need to transport/carry/roll your canoe/kayak approximately 100 yards down asphalt path.

Do I need a license to kayak in Norfolk? ›

Do I need a license to use my canoe, kayak or paddleboard in the Broads? Yes, you will require either an annual toll or a short visit toll depending on how often you plan to use your craft in the water.

Which of the following equipment is required for powerboats operating in Virginia? ›

All powerboats, except outboards, that are fueled with gasoline must have a USCG approved backfire flame arrestor on each carburetor.

Which of the following vessels must be registered to operate legally on Virginia public waters? ›

All boats propelled by machinery, including gasoline, diesel and electric motors regardless of whether or not the machinery is the principal source of propulsion, and principally operated on Virginia waters must be registered and issued a Virginia Certificate of Number (Registration) by the DGIF.

Which of the following is required equipment for personal watercraft? ›

Protection - A properly fitting life jacket, gloves, wetsuit, eye, head and foot gear, and a helmet will all help protect you from injury. Safety Gear - Make sure you have the required safety equipment - a fire extinguisher, signaling device(s) and all other legally required equipment.

Do rowboats need to be registered in Virginia? ›

Sail-powered vessels (no motor) 18 feet in length & over are only required to be titled in Virginia (no registration needed). Boats used only on private waters do not require registration or titling.

Do I need a permit to kayak on the Shenandoah River? ›

Each operator over the age of 16 of a kayak, canoe, or tube using the facility is required to have a permit. While tour or rental companies may provide guidance in purchasing the permit, it is the responsibility of the individual using the DWR access site to ensure they have the appropriate access permit.

How far can a beginner kayak? ›

Most beginners only stay out for two or three hours when they're first learning how to kayak. That's because practicing things like the low support stroke and the low brace turn can be quite tiring when you're repeating them over and over again.

Do I need a river licence for an inflatable kayak? ›

No. As long as the person holding the waterways licence is actually in the inflatable kayak then they are able to have a co-pilot or a passenger on board.

How far out to sea can you go in a kayak? ›

Well, such a paddler can be reasonably expected to operate a kayak with a 12-foot waterline at an average speed of approximately 2.25 miles per hour. This equates to a 26 minute mile. It further maps to a 5-hour distance of 11.25 miles and a 10-hour distance of 22.5 miles.

Do inflatable life jackets have to be worn? ›

Federal Regulations for Inflatable Life Jackets

Inflatable life jackets are only approved for use by persons 16 years of age or older. Inflatables must be worn at all times while onboard a boat (unless passengers are in an enclosed cabin and they must be readily available in this case).

Why can't you wear a life jacket at the beach? ›

An unapproved devices can slide off, pop, or float a child face down. Water wings can actually slide off and even trap a drowning child underwater. With any device a child can easily float away and into deep water.

What is a Type 5 life jacket? ›

Type V PFDs are special use jackets ranging from 15.5 to 22 lbs of buoyancy. They are optimized for their activity such as kayak rescue vests, sailing harnesses or deck suits. Commercial guest PFDs have a neck pillow to help keep the head above water, making those PFDs Type V.

Which of the following may be considered illegal or unsafe operation when boating in Virginia? ›

Unsafe operation includes:

The following list identifies some boat operational activities considered unlawful in Virginia: Reckless operation of boat, water skis, or aquaplane. Operating, while intoxicated, a boat, aquaplane or water-skis. Operating or giving permission to operate an unregistered motorboat.

What is a kayak VDS? ›

Visual distress signals (VDSs) allow paddlers to signal for emergency help. Vessels on federally controlled waters must carry USCG—approved visual distress signals. All vessels must carry night signals when operating at night. Manually propelled canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are not required to carry day signals.

Can you kayak at Mt Trashmore? ›

Kayak in Lake Windsor

Trashmore features two lakes. Lake Windsor (located along South Blvd.) is brackish water fed by Thalia Creek. For some relaxing time on the water, you can explore Lake Windsor by kayak. With parking nearby, it is easy to drop your kayak in the lake and get paddling.

Can you fish at Mt Trashmore? ›

Regulations. Lake Trashmore is open year-round to fishing around the entire shore except from the old boat rental docks.

What side of the river do you kayak on? ›

as a general rule you should pass left hand side to left hand side. i.e. aim to the right of the boat coming towards you, thereby going between it and the rhs bank.

Are you allowed to kayak on canals? ›

If you are leading a trip on a canal, make sure everyone is wearing a suitable buoyancy aid. You are unlikely to be the only people on the canal, so be alert for other paddlers and boats, and when you come onto the banks and paths, keep access clear for cyclists and passengers.

Do you need a permit to kayak on the Shenandoah River? ›

Each operator over the age of 16 of a kayak, canoe, or tube using the facility is required to have a permit. While tour or rental companies may provide guidance in purchasing the permit, it is the responsibility of the individual using the DWR access site to ensure they have the appropriate access permit.

Do you need a license for a canoe in Virginia? ›

If you propel the canoe by any type of motor, including an electric motor, then you must register and title it if it is used on the public waters of Virginia. Otherwise, you are not required to register or title a canoe in Virginia.

How do I register my kayak with a trolling motor in Virginia? ›

You may do this through your Go Outdoors Virginia account or in writing to the Boat Registration & Titling Section, Department of Wildlife Resources. (You may submit an e-mail message with the necessary information to the Department at boat-reg@dwr.virginia.gov.)

Do you need a launch permit for a kayak in West Virginia? ›

Canoe/Kayak Operator Requirements – No licensing is required for any operator of a canoe or kayak without a motor. Motorized Canoeist Requirements/Age – In order to operate a motorized vessel in West Virginia, you'll need a certificate of boating safety card issued by either West Virginia or ANY OTHER STATE.

Illinois kayaking laws consider kayaks unpowered vessels and thus exempted from some Illinois boating laws. Here's what you need to know to paddle legally.

Illinois kayaking laws consider kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards to be unpowered vessels and thus exempted from some Illinois boating laws, rules, and regulations.. Kayak Definition – Illinois kayak laws consider kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards to be unpowered vessels exempted from some boating laws.. Illinois Kayak Registration – Unpowered vessels, like kayaks, canoes, and SUPs are exempted from boating registration.. Motorized Kayak Registration – You must have an Illinois Certificate of Number (registration), expiration decals, and Certificate of Title to operate your powered kayak or canoe legally in Illinois.. Kayak Operator Licensing – There are no legal age requirements to operate unpowered kayaks or canoes in Illinois.. Motorized Kayaking Age – No one under 10 may operate a motorized vessel.. Kayaking BUI Law – Illinois law prohibits operating or being in control of any watercraft within the state while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.. Kayak Lights Law – If a vessel is less than 23 feet long, and underway at night or during periods of reduced visibility, kayaks must carry a 360 degree white light visible for 2 miles.. Kayaking VDS Law – All vessels are required to carry night signaling devices.. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards are considered unpowered vessels by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and thus exempted from registration.. Yes, all watercraft, including non-powered kayaks, canoes, and other vessels powered by trolling motors, are required to be registered and titled in the state of Illinois.. You do not need a license to operate an unpowered vessel in Illinois.. Do you need a license to operate a motorized kayak in Illinois?. In Illinois it’s illegal to operate or allow your vessel to be operated by anyone, including kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, waterskis, surfboards, or similar device while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.. Recreational vessels less than 16 feet Non-motorized open sailboats less than 26 feet Manually-propelled vessels (Canoes and Kayaks)

The basic parts of a canoe are pretty straightforward—bow, stern, hull, and the deck. But what the heck part of a canoe is the thwart, and why should you care?

As simply as I can put it, the bow is the front-most part of a canoe and the stern is the rear-most part of a canoe.. The bow is the first part of a canoe that makes contact with oncoming water, so its shape helps a canoe cut or glide through the water ahead.. A canoe thwart is a strut placed across the width of a canoe to help brace the edges (gunwales) of a canoe from side to side.. In a 2-person canoe, you’d typically find 2 thwarts placed roughly 1/3 and 2/3 the way from the stern toward the bow of a canoe.. The canoe gunwale is the wide edge at the top of the sides of the canoe.. The gunwale runs from the bow to the stern the entire length of the canoe, protecting the top edge of the canoe’s hull.. The deck of a canoe helps reinforce the tips of the canoe at the bow and stern and they often have integrated handles to assist in carrying a canoe.. The canoe deck is not to be confused with a canoe spray deck.. We’ve saved the most important part of a canoe for the last of the main parts of a canoe.. Canoe seats are mainly made from webbing on a wood frame, molded aluminum in an aluminum canoe, molded plastic in a plastic, polyethylene canoe as well as some specialized aftermarket seats that attach to existing seats to include a backrest and added seat padding.

Florida kayaking laws are enforced by the Division of Law Enforcement of the fish and Wildlife Service. Here's what you need to know...

Florida Kayaking Law – Florida considers kayaks and canoes to be non-motor powered vessels.. Florida Kayak Registration – Non-motor-powered canoes and kayaks are exempted from registration.. Motorized Kayak Registration – All motorized vessels operating on Florida’s public waterways must be titled and registered.. Kayak Operator Licensing – There’s no minimum age in Florida to operate a kayak.. Kayaking BUI Law – Florida has Boating Under the Influence (BUI) laws—0.08% BAL is considered under the influence.. Kayak Lights Law – Between sunset and sunrise and during periods of restricted visibility, non-motorized kayakers must carry at least a flashlight or lantern.. That only summarizes Florida boating laws applied to kayaking and canoeing.. Unpowered vessels Kayakers are required to carry a white light onboard their kayak.. Florida kayaking laws and all other boating laws are enforced by:

Once you buy a kayak, you'll have to transport it home. And unless you live on the water, you must transport your kayak every time you use it. Here's how.

Transporting your kayak is one of the first challenges you’ll face when you begin kayaking.. The best and safest way to transport a kayak is by securing it to a roof rack on top of your vehicle.. Transporting an improperly secured kayak can cause serious damage to your vehicle, your kayak, or to other people on the road.. Unless you’re moving your kayak on a stretch limousine (pro tip: don’t transport your kayak on a stretch limousine), then part of your kayak will likely be hanging over the back of your vehicle or out the bed of your pickup.. Transporting a Kayak with a Roof RackAs you’ve probably realized by now, there are two main ways to transport a kayak:. Either they think their car can’t bear the weight of the kayak, or the kayak isn’t aerodynamic enough, or they simply don’t think their kayak can be tied down safely.. Can you transport a kayak on a roof rack?. You can absolutely transport your kayak on top of your car attached to a roof rack.. It’s convenient, it’s safe, and as long as your car’s roof rack is secured to the roof of your car and is rated to hold the weight of your kayak, most car racks are perfect for transporting your kayak.. Once you have an adequate roof rack system set up, you still need attachments designed to transport a kayak on the roof rack.. If you are loading a kayak by yourself, consider using a towel to slide the kayak onto the roof without damaging your vehicle.. It’s crucial that your kayak is securely tied down without damaging the kayak or your car from too much tension.. Do you need a roof rack to transport a kayak?. Here are several ways to transport a kayak without a roof rack:

The last Coleman branded Scanoe was made in 2001. Ever since, there have been imitators called Scout and Sport canoes, but the good old Coleman Scanoe...?

What is a Scanoe?. The Coleman Scanoe is/was a cross between a skiff and a canoe – hence “scanoe.” A Scanoe is wider than a regular canoe and has a square back so a trolling motor can be mounted to it.. Because a trolling motor is not only great for cruising around with a few people but more importantly, trolling for fish.. The option to take off the motor makes this vessel great for paddling as well!. Horsepower 1.75 hp5 hp Seats 33The last Coleman brand Scanoe was made in 2001.. When Pelican bought the Scanoe brand from Coleman, they took the Scanoe concept and sort of blew it up.. Pelican’s Scanoe is a whole 5″ wider than the original Coleman Scanoe from 1985!. Old Town is probably the most reputable brand that still has scout canoes on the market.. The Sun Dolphin Scout 14′ 3 is a squareback “Scanoe” type canoe that’s capable of mounting a trolling motor to it’s stern.. The primary difference in a squareback canoe is the most obvious: its square stern design, rather than the classic pointed back end.. Pretty fast You have to paddle, which can get tiring.

What size kayak do I need for my weight? Uh, that's a "heavy" subject. But if your kayak's weight limit is too low, you could capsize or worse, sink.

The right size kayak for your weight is one with a maximum capacity rating that’s about 125 pounds more than your body weight.. And that’s because your kayak’s performance or usable weight limit is at least 30% below the manufacturer’s maximum capacity rating.. Kayak Weight Limit Video So, instead of a maximum capacity kayak weight limit we need to figure out what the practical or “performance” kayak weight limit is for any given kayak’s maximum weight capacity.. If you weigh 175 pounds and all your gear weighs 25 pounds, you’ll want to search for a kayak with a performance or practical weight limit of 200 pounds, not a maximum capacity of 200 pounds.. Using our formulas and rules from our example above, a manufacturer’s stated kayak weight limit of 300 lbs gives us about 180 pounds of usable performance kayak weight capacity.. A manufacturer’s stated kayak weight limit (capacity) of 400 lbs gives us 240 pounds of performance kayak weight capacity.. That’s a 215 pound person plus their 25 lbs of gear... The kayak weight limit on any given Pelican recreation, touring, or fishing kayaks can range from 200 lb maximum capacity on the low end to over 425 lbs on the high end.

Storing your canoe the correct way is vital to keeping it in good, sound operating condition. Here are some Helpful canoe storage ideas.

There are many different ways to store canoes, but each one has the same goals: keep the canoe off the ground, out of direct sunlight, and away from moisture.. Here are some canoe storage ideas to help you keep your canoe in shape:. Keeping your canoe out of the sun to avoid degrading the plastic manufacturing materials Avoiding accidental damage during storage Taking proper precautions when storing your canoe outside in the elements. Take precautions if you need to keep it outdoors You need to properly prepare your canoe for winter storage if you are in an area that experiences harsh winter weather Storage is different if your canoe is made from Composite & Polyethylene Also, if you have a Royalex canoe, storing it will be a bit different.. Extreme heat can be as detrimental as cold to the canoe’s hull and could deform or even melt some canoe materials.. Store your canoe upside down, directly on the ground Support your canoe just at the ends/tips Stand it on one of its ends Hang it from the grab handles or thwarts Lie it on its side (it’s not a kayak!). Turn the canoe upside down and make sure the 2x4s extend past the gunwales of the canoe.. To prolong your canoe’s life, it’s good practice to prepare your canoe before storing it for the winter.. 303 Aerospace protectant will help avoid premature fading if a canoe is stored outside, but if you want to put the boat under a cover, make sure that it’s suspended above the canoe.. While a rack is probably the best option, an alternative would be to rest the canoe on foam blocks, as these will also provide some protection for the integrity of the canoe structure.. Using a canoe storage rack will cut down on the hassle of having to suspend your canoe with rope or foam blocks.. Although we’ve been concentrating on storing the canoe itself, you should also think about your canoe paddles.. Modern canoes are built to last a long time, take good care of them and you’ll not only protect your investment, but you’ll enjoy your canoe for years to come.

Virginia kayaking laws are set and governed by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. Here's what you need to know to kayak legally in VA.

If you desire legal advice, consult a competent, licensed attorney in your area.. Virginia Kayaking Laws – Virginia law considers kayaks and canoes to be manually propelled vessels.. Kayak Operator Licensing in Virginia – Non-motorized vessels do not require a license to operate in Virginia.. Operators of motorized vessels with a 10hp or greater motor are required to have a boating safety education course completion card.. Motorized Kayaking Age – All operators of motor vessels with 10 or more horsepower, regardless of age, are required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board.. (see below for kayak and canoe specifics) Kayak Lights Law – Kayaks must carry a white lantern or electric torch that can be displayed in sufficient time to prevent collision.. That only summarizes Virginia boating laws applied to kayaking and canoeing.. Do you have to register a kayak with a trolling motor in Virginia?. Do you need a license to operate a motorized kayak in Virginia?. All persons, regardless of age, must successfully complete an approved boating safety education course and keep the card on board to operate any motorized vessel legally.. Do I need a whistle on a kayak in Virginia?. Motorized vessels 16 feet and greater are also required to carry day signals.. Visual Distress Signals are not required for non-motorized kayaks during the day unless the boat is over 16 feet in length.. Do I need a fire extinguisher on my motorized kayak in Virginia?

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a SUP is the dimensions of your paddle board. While paddle board dimensions may seem…

When choosing a paddle board, it’s important to consider length, width and thickness dimensions because they determine a SUP’s capacity.. Length, width, and thickness—when calculated correctly—help you determine how much weight a board will support and how that board will perform for different types of paddle boarding.. Paddle board length is also important when it comes to storing a paddle board in the off-season .. The third dimension of a paddle board is it’s thickness.. It’s better to choose a board with a higher weight limit than your actual weight.. Long boards weight the most, close to 40 pounds.. In order to choose the correct SUP, you must consider the dimensions of the board, the height and weight of the rider as well as where and how the board will be used (discipline).. You must also consider the length, width, thickness as they relate to volume and a board’s capacity in order to determine which one is right for you.

Maryland kayaking laws are regulated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and enforced by Maryland Natural Resources Police. And with 3,190 miles of inland…

Maryland kayaking laws are regulated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and enforced by Maryland Natural Resources Police.. Maryland Kayaking Laws – Kayaks are considered non-motorized vessels in Maryland and are exempted from some Maryland motorized boating laws.. Maryland Kayak Registration – Non-motorized vessels, including kayaks, canoes and paddle boards do not have to be registered in Maryland .. Motorized Kayak Registration – All motorized watercraft/vessels with any type of primary or auxiliary mechanical propulsion must be registered in Maryland.. Kayak Operator Licensing in Maryland – All persons born on or after July 1, 1972, must have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education in their possession in order to operate a numbered or documented Maryland vessel.. Kayaking BUI Law – Maryland has a Boating Under the Influence (BUI) law which prohibits operating any “watercraft” while under the influence.. Maryland law requires children 10 and under to wear a type I, II, or III life jacket at all times and on any watercraft Kayak Lights Law – Power-driven vessels less than 40 feet long must display red and green sidelights on the bow and an all-round white light or masthead light.. Maryland Vessel Titling: All motorized “vessels” in Maryland must have a Title.. For more details on Maryland motorized kayak, canoe, and vessel registration, see the:. Do you need a license to operate a motorized kayak in Maryland?. Maryland boating law requires that every person under 13 must wear a USCG-approved PFD while onboard a vessel less than 21 feet long, unless the vessel is anchored or moored and they are below deck or in an an enclosed area.. Unpowered vessels – All vessels less than 39.4′ long that are paddled, poled, or rowed, such as kayaks, canoes and paddle boards, including unpowered sailboats, must have:. Lights While Moored or Anchored Manually propelled vessels like kayaks and canoes that are less than 23′ long are exempt from having a mooring light unless “anchored in or near a narrow channel, fairway, or anchorage, or where other vessels normally navigate.”

Oregon kayaking laws are set and governed by the Oregon State Marine Board. Here’s what you need to know about OR kayaking laws.

Oregon kayaking laws are set and governed by the Oregon State Marine Board.. Oregon Kayaking Laws – Oregon law considers kayaks and canoes to be vessels moved only by paddles or oars and thus non-motorized vessels.. Oregon Kayak Registration – Non-motorized kayaks and canoes under 10 feet in length are exempt from registration.. Motorized Kayak Registration – Both motorized and non-motorized paddlecraft over 10 feet must carry a valid Waterway Access Permit when using public waterways.. Kayak Operator Licensing in Oregon – Persons 16 years or older must have a valid boater education card in order to legally operate a power-driven personal watercrafts over 10 hp.. Motorized Kayaking Age – It is against the law for anyone under 16 years of age to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) without the presence of a person 18 years or older.. (see below for kayak and canoe specifics) Kayak Lights Law – All boats, including PWCs, must have running lights between sunset and sunrise.. Oregon Vessel Titling: “Any watercraft with any type of motor must be titled and registered with the Oregon Marine Board.. “All boaters who operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower (hp) and youths 12-15 operating a motorboat of any size are required to take an approved boating safety course and apply/carry a boater education card.” – Oregon State Marine Board.. Youth aged 12 – 15 may operate a motorized vessel of 10 hp or less without adult supervision and may operate above 10 hp if accompanied by a person 16 years or older (18 year or older if the vessel is a personal watercraft).. Those exempt from carrying day signals are recreational vessels less than 16 feet in length, non-motorized sailboats less than 26 feet in length, and non-motorized boats such as canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.

Washington kayaking laws are set and governed by the Washington Department of State Parks. Here's what you need to know about WA kayaking laws

Washington kayaking laws are set and governed by the Washington Department of State Parks.. Washington Kayaking Laws – Washington law considers kayaks and canoes to be paddle vessels.. Washington Kayak Registration – Manually propelled kayaks and canoes are exempt from registration.. Kayak Operator Licensing in Washington – A Boater Education Card is required if the operator is using a vessel with a 15-horsepower or more motor, was born after January 1, 1955, or is 12 years of age or older.. Motorized Kayaking Age – All operators of motor vessels with 15 or more horsepower must be at least 12 years old and have a Boating Education Card.. (see below for kayak and canoe specifics) Kayak Lights Law – Kayaks must carry a white lantern or electric torch that can be displayed during times of low visibility.. All canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards must have on board one USCG approved wearable PFD for each person on board, and all persons 12 years of age and under must wear a properly sized coast guard approved life jacket at all times while underway in a vessel less than 19 feet in length unless in a fully enclosed area.

White water rafting shoes that protect your feet from sharp rocks, glass, and other obstacles are a must. Here's what you need to know.

White water rafting shoes that protect your feet from sharp rocks, glass, and other obstacles are a must.. What shoes to wear white water rafting?. The best shoes to wear white water rafting are Tevas, Chocos or water shoes that won’t be ruined when they get wet.. White water shoes should be comfortable to wear without socks, stay on your feet even in fast flowing water, and provide protection to the soles of your feet while carrying the raft.. But more than just getting wet, wear shoes wile white water rafting will protect your feet from all manner of objects that can cut, bruise and scrape them.. Along with gripping the bottom of riverbeds, white water rafting shoes also have to be able to get wet and dry quickly.. No shoe will be completely waterproof while you’re white water rafting, so finding shoes that can get splashed and have most of the water leave the shoe (a.k.a.. Shoes or sandals that have a tight heel or, at the very least, a strap that goes behind the heel are probably the most ideal shoes to wear on a rafting trip .. Now, probably the most frequent question river rafting companies get when asked what kind of shoes to wear for white water rafting is this: can I wear regular tennis shoes?. Tennis shoes are a fantastic choice to wear if you don’t want to have to go out and buy a new pair of shoes/sandals for your white water rafting trip.. Tennis shoes have the heel that is ideal for white water rafters to wear, so their shoes do not fly off.. However, with white water rafting, wearing socks with tennis shoes isn’t ideal.. For white water rafting, being comfortable with the shoes you’re wearing is key to having a good time.. Regardless, there are plenty of shoes to never wear while white water rafting.

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