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CPW Press Release
DURANGO, Colo. - As the summer season draws to a close Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds everyone to continue to practice safe boating-- whether you're on a powerboat or a paddleboard.

"We urge people not to become complacent about safety at the end of the boating season," said Heath Kehm, southwest deputy regional manager for CPW. "Boaters need to remember the rules and make sure they're staying safe on the water."

On any watercraft, the number of life jackets on board must match the number of passengers. Anyone under age 13 must wear a life jacket at all times on a boat. Every kind of boat, including kayaks and canoes, is included.

For the under 13 rule, Colorado park rangers maintain a "no-warning policy." Parents or guardians of children will be ticketed if they violate the rule.

"We recommend that everyone in a boat wear a PFD anytime you're on the water," Kehm said.

If you do not have floatation devises, they are available on loan at most Colorado State Parks.

Paddleboards are exploding in popularity and are a great way to enjoy Colorado's waters, but it's important to wear a life jacket. Paddleboarders who fall in the water can quickly become separated from their boards leaving them with no support in cold water. A tether is also a good piece of safety gear for paddleboarders, especially on still water.

At Colorado lakes and reservoirs, park rangers also keep a close eye out for reckless boating and for people who are boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Many reservoirs in Colorado are open through October, so boaters should be prepared as the water gets colder and fall settles in.

For more information about safe boating, go to