Washington state's diverse waterways of rivers, lakes, bays, inlets and coastal areas require different skills, preparation and safety equipment.
You're required by law to carry specific safety equipment. Requirements vary according to size and type of boat. The legal requirements are minimal and do not maximize your chances of being rescued in a timely manner when an accident happens. You'll need additional equipment to be rescue ready and keep everyone safe.
Accidents can happen to anybody, at any time, and when it's least expected. Being rescue ready means you have the right gear at the right time—and you know how to use it.
We recommend the following equipment as essential to be rescue ready.