Section 13 - Lifejacket
This is a required piece of equipment. I mention it again in a separate category only because some people are under the impression that their BCD qualifies as a lifejacket. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, it does not. Therefore you must carry a Coast Guard approved lifejacket on board. It does not have to be worn unless your local laws require it. Buy one that is highly visible in the ocean under adverse conditions. Yellow is my choice. I carry it on top of the front hatch cover with the kayak tie down strap loosely locked through it or on top of my BCD in the tank well. Remember to fasten it down while you are diving in case the wind comes up.