Are kayak life jackets mandatory?
Lifejackets must be worn when paddling more than 100 metres from the nearest shore on enclosed waters, and at all times on open waters. It is strongly recommended that you wear an approved lifejacket at all times when enjoying Sydney Harbour.
Do you have to wear a safety vest on a kayak?
For the most part, almost all states require that you have enough life jackets on a personal watercraft (such as a kayak) for all persons onboard. Not all states require that everyone must be wearing a life jacket at all times, but they must be accessible in case of any emergency.
What kind of life jacket do you need for a kayak?
Most kayakers will choose either a US Coast Guard Approved Type III or Type V life jacket. Most kayaking jackets are Type IIIs. Type Vs will include rescue jackets and pullover jackets. Kayaking requires good upper body and arm mobility.