Life jackets are the single most effective piece of safety gear in a boat. Study after study show that if you wear a life jacket, you are more likely to survive if something goes wrong. Anyone can drown regardless of age and swimming capabilities. Especially in cold water, which Washington's waterways are cold year-round.
Life-saving tip: A life jacket only works if you wear it.
Many people assume merely having life jackets on board is sufficient. However, accidents happen rapidly and without warning. There is not always enough time to grab a life jacket, which is why they should always be worn. Today’s life jackets are designed to be more comfortable. We encourage you to shop around and find a comfortable life jacket you'll actually use. Although the state only requires children to wear a life jacket, adults are encouraged to wear one, especially on vessels less than 21 feet long, which are at a higher risk of capsizing. Adults set a good example for children by wearing life jackets.