Requirements Specific to PWCs
In addition to adhering to all boating laws, personal watercraft (PWC) operators have requirements specific to their vessel.
- Each person on board a PWC must wear a properly secured U.S. Coast Guard–approved PFD.
- PWCs must either be equipped with an engine cut-off switch or have a self-circling feature if the operator falls off. If the PWC is equipped with an engine cut-off switch, the lanyard must be attached to the person, clothing, or PFD of the operator.
- PWC operators are subject to the same age restrictions and education requirements as any other vessel operator in Alabama.
- It is strongly recommended that PWCs be operated during daylight hours only. If a PWC is operated at night, it must display the required navigation lights.