Children's Life Jackets - Virginia

In the state of Virginia, there are no regulations pertaining to children wearing life jackets, so the federal regulations take over. These state that a child 13 or under is required to wear a USCG approved life jacket while underway on federal waterways in the state of Virginia. Contact local authorities to find out which are the federal waterways."

The life vest or life jacket should always be in good condition and fit the child properly. The exception to this regulation is if the child is below deck or in an enclosed cabin.

Your boat insurance company and the USCG will expect you to comply with the USCG boating safety regulations.