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Alabama Kayak Regulations

Alabama Kayak Regulations

Alabama Kayak Regulations

Knowing the Alabama Kayak Regulations goes along ways towards staying safe while on the water.

Unfortunately, it’s an overlooked topic and can be a bit confusing when traveling along the coast and fishing different water ways.

So, we’re taking the time to let you know everything that is required for all of your kayaking adventures.

Life Jackets

Each child under the age of 8 must wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD), while the kayak is moving.

Each person riding in the kayak must have an approved PFD available inside the kayak.

  • IF you choose to use an Inflatable Life Jacket (Type V PFD) it must remain on the entire time you’re in the kayak because it is considered a Class V until inflated. Once inflated they are considered Class II or III depending on the model.
  • You are not required to wear a Class II or III if it is on the kayak but it is recommended.
  • Our PFD of choice:

Sounding Device

A sound-making device isn’t required while you are kayaking but it could save your life.

There are several options but we prefer to use a marine whistle.

Attach the whistle to your PFD and it will always be in arms reach!


Alabama state law requires a non-motorized watercraft of 16′ or less to display a solid white light after dark while at anchor, when underway, or when fishing.

We recommend installing a light pole on your kayak if you plan to fish at night.

If the pole light isn’t doing the job we shine 500 Lumens in their direction to ensure they see us!!!

Our Flashlight of choice:

Our light pole:


Registration is a requirement for all kayaks using a gas or electric motor but isn’t required if you are paddling or pedaling.

General Safety

If you are new to kayaking, we recommend paying close attention to the Alabama Kayak Regulations and spending a few months fishing in protected bodies of water.

The calm waters are the perfect place to work out any kinks and learn how to safely land fish in your kayak.

There’s no reason to risk your life for a fish!

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