Every time you take a pontoon boat out on the water you need to make sure that everyone on board is safe.  You also need to make sure that you are prepared for any safety checks by local law enforcement officials. Nothing ruins a buzz more than the coast guard pulling you over.

So what safety equipment do you need on a pontoon boat? Is there a list of things that you need?

The answer to this is yes, and whilst I am being slightly tongue in cheek about the coast guard, it is a very serious matter, even more so the safety of not just you and your passengers, but also anybody else out on the lake or water.

It’s very easy for a day’s pontooning to be ruined because you did not pay attention to the safety equipment needed on-board. As an example, do you know what you would do if one of your passengers collapsed and fell into the water, only to drown because they were not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) or life jacket?

Now whilst fortunately, events like this are rare; they can still happen. This is why you need to be prepared, by making sure that you have the correct safety equipment on board, before you even think about taking people out on your pontoon onto the water.

Pontoon Boat Safety: Equipment You Simply Must-Have

There are certain safety items which are normally required to be kept on every pontoon boat. You should make sure that you have these items on your craft at all times, and regularly check to see that they work, and are in good condition.

1. Valid Registration Certificate

Don’t have one? Then your pontoon boat shouldn’t even be on the water. Always be aware of what the legal regulations are in the state you are boating in (