According to Lt. Powell from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol Unit:
Current law requires that all vessels on navigable waterways, whether powered by manpower, motor or sail, must have a USCG approved PFD aboard for every passenger. This law applies to peddle boats, kayaks and paddle surf boards. PFD’s that are inflatable (suspender type or fanny packs) must be worn, unless there is another, non-inflatable type PFD aboard the vessel. Children under the age of 13 MUST be wearing the PFD at all times.
The Sheriff Marine Patrol Unit has stated they will be issuing tickets for this offense at Paddle for Fame, June 29, so don’t forget to bring yours!