Yes. Open water usually has limited visibility, and conditions can sometimes change from hour to hour. Currents are often unpredictable, can move rapidly, or change direction abruptly. Any water current can move even expert swimmers far from shore.
Child Safety Laws and Regulations:
Hawaii Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Law
Law Mandate: Children ages 12 and under must use a properly fitted Coast Guard approved PFD when on deck or underway.Enforcement
Violations may result in a fine of $50 to $1,000.
American Canoe Association (ACA) Rules Of The Road:
WHAT PADDLERS NEED TO KNOW
- First and foremost, please be aware of your surroundings.
- BIG BOATS, BRIGHT LIGHTS
- Some busy waterways have “lanes of travel” similar to the Interstate highway system. Know the area you plan to paddle.
RIGHTS OF PASSAGE
- Learn the channels in your area and what the buoy markers mean.
- Wear your lifejacket (PFD)
- File a float plan
- Carry AND drink water
- Watch out for the other guy
- Plan ahead
- Stay with your group
- Have a great adventure and come home safely
Source: Sierra Magazine