Florida Kayaking Regulations, Laws and Safety

Florida Kayaking Regulations, Laws and SafetyKayaking in Florida is like paddling through a tropical wonderland. Kayakers will need to adhere to the state's boating rules and regulations regarding operating a kayak. Just like larger boats, kayaks have to adhere to basic safety regulations.

Life Jackets

Each child under the age of 6 much be wearing a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD), while the kayak is moving. Each person riding in the kayak must have an approved PFD available inside the kayak.


Sound Device

A sound-making device is required inside the kayak when it is in use, and a whistle is commonly used for this. You can sound the device to alert others if you need help, or to help avoid a collision by letting other boaters know you are there.


If kayaking between sunset and sunrise, a white light is required onboard. The kayaker is to display the light if another vessel approaches, to avoid a possible collision.


Registration is a requirement for all kayaks using a gas or electric motor. It isn't required if the kayak will be paddled.

General Safety

Let someone know where you will be kayaking. Check the kayak for leaks. Kayak with someone. Be aware of obstructions in the water that could trap your boat and throw you out of it.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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