Same as boats
4:05 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Paddleboarders Need Lifejackets-DNR

Lifejackets required
Credit Ingrid Taylor

The growing popularity of paddleboards on Wisconsin's waters has prompted a DNR warden to remind users that a lifejacket is required.


Conservation warden Todd Schaller outlines the lifejacket requirement..



"....they are growing in popularity, it's a great way to enjoy Wisconsin's waterways. But they are considered a boat, so they require a lifejacket to be on the paddleboard and we would encourage them to wear the lifejacket..."


Schaller says needing a lifejacket on a paddle board is an education function...



"....we're trying to get the word out. I think a lot of people, based on the thought of being safe, have been wearing their lifejackets which is a good thing, but obviously there are a few out there...not connecting paddleboards to boating...."


Schaller says 90 percent of boat fatalities related to drowning involve victims not wearing lifejackets. The DNR offers a free online paddling safety course for beginners at their website dnr.wi. gov