1501:41-7-04 Flotation devices prohibited; exceptions.

(A) No person shall use or offer for use by any person any inner tube ring, buoy, air mattress, beach ball or similar novelty device of inflatable air cell construction, nor any plastic foam flotation device in the waters of the division where swimming is prohibited, in division swimming pools, at division-operated beaches, or at boat swimming areas adjacent to division-operated beaches except as provided in paragraphs (B) and (C) of this rule and except at pools operated by concessionaires.

(B) A coast guard approved type 1, 2, 3, or 5 personal flotation device may be used as a safety aid to a swimmer when said swimmer is being assisted by a responsible and experienced swimmer and the device is being used in accordance with the labeling or users manual, properly secured, is the proper size and is undamaged. Suitable flotation devices may be used by persons engaged in scuba diving or skin diving when said devices are necessary to said activity. Float fishing tubes are permitted when used in accordance with rule 1501:41-15-15 of the Administrative Code. Children may use flotation devices in division wading pools when the child is being supervised by an adult.

(C) Persons may use flotation devices while being towed by a watercraft in a ski zone or open zone. Flotation devices may also be used by persons being towed by a watercraft traveling at idle speed in a designated no wake zone and the activity is not being conducted in any of the following areas:

(1) Within three hundred feet of a gas dock, marina, launch ramp or harbor entrance;

(2) Within a designated anchorage area, swim zone, boat swim zone, or boat camping area;

(3) Under a bridge or within three hundred feet of a bridge underpass;

(4) Any area designated as a no ski zone.

Effective: 12/15/2014
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 09/29/2014 and 12/15/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01, 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 4/14/89, 3/1/95, 11/7/08