Search for an overdue boat or paddle boarder has a much greater chance of being successful if the US Coast Guard or other rescue agencies have certain facts. For your own safety and before boating, file a float plan with a reliable person who will notify authorities if necessary.
Below are tools to help you file a float plan.
2. Printable Float Plan - Provided by NV Dept of Wildlife Boating Safety
3. Printable Float Plan - Provided by California State Parks Division of Boating & Waterways
The float plan and checklist is not a definitive list of everything that may be required for safe boating on any particular boat or paddling excursion. Knowing what is required is the responsibility of each individual boater and paddler.