I read a post in another tread about a paddler who was stopped for inspection. In addition to a PFD, there was mention of required (in Washington) signaling devices. If you are paddling with a group (one or more others) must everyone have their own flares or flashlight, etc.? I understand the everyone should have a PFD, but does everyone have to carry flares or smoke? Can just the “group leader” be so equipped. I do understand that something could happen to that leader’s gear. But that’s a lot of “stuff” and even on guided trips, we weren’t all required (by the guides) to carry night time signaling devices (i.e. flares).