Paddleboarding is a rapidly growing sport that involves a person standing on a board, similar to a surfboard, and propelling themselves thorugh the water with the use of a paddle
Did you know the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has determined that a paddleboard is a vessel in most situations and is required to have the same safety equiment as other small human-powered vessels (canoes/kayaks)?
Here is what this means if you are using a paddleboard:
This information on required equipment for paddleboards is general information and is not intended to address every situation on the water. For more information on required safety equipment for boats, please visit MyFWC.com/Boating or contact the Division of Law Enforcement's Boating & Waterways Section at 850-488-5600.
The following information has been quoted from this link Paddleboard Safety