According to Ohio boating laws, every vessel must carry one wearable USCG-approved PFD of appropriate size for each person on board.
Ohio law requires that all PFD's be readily accessible at all times, and in good, serviceable condition. They may not be kept inside a plastic bag or protective covering. If they are badly torn, damaged, rotted, punctured, or otherwise unserviceable, they no longer meet legal requirements and must be replaced.
No person who lets vessels for hire, or the agent or employee thereof, shall rent, lease or otherwise permit the use of a vessel, unless the person provides the equipment required under sections of Chapter 1547 of the Ohio Revised Code and rules adopted under the Ohio Administrative Code.
No one may operate or allow the operation of any vessel under 18 feet in length which is carrying a child less than 10 years old on board, unless that child is wearing an approved PFD.
No person shall ride or attempt to ride upon water skis, surfboards, inflatable devices or similar devices being towed by a vessel without wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III PFD or a Type V PFD specifically designed for water skiing, in good and serviceable condition, and of appropriate size. No operator of a vessel shall tow any person who fails to comply with this law.
It is highly recommended that all boaters wear a PFD.