About USCG

The USCG (U.S. Coast Guard) plays a critical role in ensuring maritime safety and security in U.S. waters. As one of the five Armed Forces of the United States, the USCG is a multi-functional organization that enforces maritime law, protects the environment, and provides search and rescue operations.



Safety Equipment: Life Jackets

One of the USCG's primary responsibilities is to ensure that vessels operating in U.S. waters comply with safety regulations. This includes ensuring that vessels are equipped with proper safety equipment, including life jackets. The U.S. Coast Guard has established strict standards for the design, construction, and performance of life jackets, also known as personal flotation devices (PFDs), to ensure that they provide adequate buoyancy and protection in an emergency.




USCG Standards for Lifejacket Requirements

U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejackets are rigorously tested to meet these standards, and their approval is indicated by a label affixed to the device. The label indicates that the life jacket meets or exceeds USCG requirements for performance, buoyancy and construction.




In addition to regulating safety equipment, the USCG is responsible for conducting search and rescue operations in U.S. waters. USCG search and rescue operations are conducted by trained personnel using specialized equipment and vessels. These operations are conducted around the clock to ensure that seafarers in distress receive help whenever and wherever they need it.


Overall, the U.S. Coast Guard plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of U.S. maritime activities. Through its regulatory and search and rescue efforts, the U.S. Coast Guard helps protect life, property, and the environment in U.S. waters.