Shoot the Hooch will not make arrangements for any personal equipment (e.g., tubes, cooler tubes, kayaks) that you do not rent from them. Shoot the Hooch tube and kayak rentals include a life jacket. If you want one for yourself, it's $10-15.
If you plan to go out on the water with your bottle of liquor, then you should bring your own. The law requires that anyone who is under the age of 21 be wearing a life jacket when riding any type of paddleboard, boat, or float tube. The same rule applies if you are drinking while being towed by an engine-powered vehicle. A person cannot drink and drive; therefore, shooting the hooch while being pulled by a motorized vehicle is illegal.
Some states may have additional laws regarding alcohol and boats. Check with local authorities to make sure you are not breaking any boating or drinking laws where you live.
It is important to use caution and know your local laws before shooting the hooch. We recommend that you bring your own equipment if you plan to drink while on the water. This way you can be sure that you are in compliance with all laws and don't put yourself or others at risk unnecessarily.
Before you enter the water, be sure you have the most critical piece of safety equipment—a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), sometimes known as a life jacket. Life jackets only function if you wear them, and the law mandates one for every passenger on every boat. This comprises kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs).
However, this does not mean that all paddlers need to wear a PFD. In fact, many experienced kayakers choose not to wear one because they feel like it limits their ability to maneuver or explore. While it is true that wearing a PFD may prevent you from getting into certain positions, it also prevents you from being in harm's way if something goes wrong.
The best option is to decide what role you want to play in terms of safety and then find the appropriate gear. If you're the type of person who wants to avoid restrictions and likes to keep things simple, then a PFD is not for you. However, if you want to be able to explore more effectively or participate in some extreme sports, then by all means, bring your own style of protection.
When swimming in harsh currents, powerful waves, deep water, or vast lakes where they may get tuckered out, water dogs may require a life jacket. It is also recommended that all dogs wear life jackets when boating. The American Humane Association says that dogs feel the same way about water as people do: it's best not to put them in it!
Dogs who love the water but aren't trained to swim can become victims of human negligence. If you are going on a boat trip and don't know how much water activity your dog will have, consider getting him or her a life jacket. Even if your dog isn't going to be left alone for an extended period of time, still keep an eye on him or her while out on the lake.
Life vests are available for most dogs, even those who are smaller than average size. Some come in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes. You should select a vest according to the size of your dog. Make sure that the life vest fits properly; if it is too big, it may cause discomfort or injury when swimming.
You should take your dog's temperature when buying a life vest. The American Humane Association recommends that you avoid purchasing any life vest if its cooling system does not cover your dog's entire body.