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09-17-2012 09:50 PM
Re: USCG regulation of free swimmers??

It is not a Coast Guard requirement but an insurance policy requirement with a co2 cartridge as long as thy're in the water.
Don't ask me how I know.
09-17-2012 01:29 AM
Re: USCG regulation of free swimmers??

We had to wear a "safety vest" snorkeling in Maui last year... It was stated to be an insurance thing the company required... It wasn't a PFD at all...
09-17-2012 01:27 AM
Re: USCG regulation of free swimmers??

I read no mention of PFD. Just another case of paranoia, unless someone can prove otherwise.
09-17-2012 01:20 AM
Re: USCG regulation of free swimmers??

It doesn't say PFD, it says safety vest. More than likely they want patrons in the water wearing a snorklers vest, very similar to a BC worn by divers. Can be used should the snorkler become fatigued, etc.

The boat operator is saying it's a USCG reg, the USCG isn't saying so. It might be they put that in just to limit the flak from folks not wanting to wear the vest.
09-16-2012 06:17 PM
Capt. Gary Randall
Re: USCG regulation of free swimmers??

I love your avatar.,Larry...........................captg
09-16-2012 06:12 PM
Re: USCG regulation of free swimmers??

"Ahoy, you, you there in the tiny bikini, slow your swim to a crawl and prepare to be boarded."
09-16-2012 05:40 PM
Re: USCG regulation of free swimmers??

I'm betting the USCG has spent a ton of money rescuing people in Pennekamp.

It also the only underwater national park, I believe. I suspect that changes the authority. Whether it should or not, I'm not debating.
09-16-2012 05:40 PM
Re: USCG regulation of free swimmers??

Nanny ?

More like my 'ex-wife'

Some bureaucrat had way too much time on their hand
09-16-2012 05:27 PM
Capt. Gary Randall
Re: USCG regulation of free swimmers??

US coast guard is under the offices of homeland security now. You will discover a whole lot more Maritime regulation then you have ever seen before. I myself, have not found this regulation yet. But that doesn't mean that it's not coming. 40 years ago I chose the ocean as my profession, this and other unreasonable rules or laws on land is the reason. This is a perfect example of (government control) at its best, does not surprise me coming from a federal Park. These people that make the rules don't realize that the PFD will make it near impossible to Snorkle, I suggest that they provide BC instead, then the swimmer will have control of their floatation. captg
09-16-2012 01:45 PM
Re: USCG regulation of free swimmers??

PFD, not ANSI highway vest. (Unless you're diving within fifteen feet of a federally funded roadway, in the course of your employment.)

I could see the commercial boat angle, but that's still crossing a slippery slope. Once I'm off the boat, I'm off the boat, unsupervised, and if I tell the captain "See you later, I'm leaving now"...

If I wanted a nanny, I'd advertise for one.
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