Indiana SUP Laws

  • PFD Requirement:  One Type I, II, III, or V life jacket on board per person. Indiana law requires children under 13 to wear their life jacket
  • Approved life jackets: USCG-approved Type I, II, or III, or Type V
  • Alcohol Law – Indiana has Boating While Intoxicated law which prohibits operating or allowing someone else to operate your motorboat or PWC while intoxicated. A Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) of 0.08% or more is considered intoxicated. But you can be arrested for a BAL between 0.08% and 0.05%.
  • Lights: they must have a white light visible 360 degrees for 2 miles.
  • Sounding Devices – Carrying a whistle is recommended
  • Registration – Non-motorized boats including, but not limited to, canoes, rowboats, paddleboards and kayaks are exempted from registration in Indiana.
  • Operator Licensing – There are no legal age requirements to operate non-motorized SUPs, kayaks or canoes in Indiana.
  • VDS Law – All vessels are required to carry night signaling devices. Manually propelled vessels are exempt from carrying day signaling devices. On federally controlled waters (coastline), all vessels are required to carry U.S. Coast Guard-approved night VDS devices.
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