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PWCs must be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner.

PWC jumping wake of a boat

It is illegal to operate a PWC in a way that endangers the life, limb, or property of others. Specifically, it is against the law to:

  • Weave your PWC through congested waterway traffic at high speed.
  • Follow closely behind and within the wake of a vessel towing a person on water skis or other similar devices.
  • Cut between a vessel and the person(s) being towed by that vessel.
  • Jump the wake of another vessel unnecessarily close to that vessel.
  • Encircle or buzz another vessel or person in the water.
  • Cross the path of another vessel at right angles while close to the stern of the other vessel or when visibility around the other vessel is obstructed.
  • Swerve at the last possible moment to avoid collision.
  • Chase, harass, or disturb wildlife or birds with your PWC.

As an owner of a PWC, you are legally responsible if you authorize or knowingly permit the PWC to be operated in violation of Alabama law.