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Boating Basics

Other PWC Considerations

Remember that everyone on board a PWC must wear a life jacket (PFD). A high-impact life jacket is recommended.

Keep hands, feet, loose clothing, and hair away from the pump intake area. Before cleaning debris away from the pump intake, be sure to shut off the engine.

Keep everyone clear of the steering nozzle unless the PWC is shut off. The water jet can cause severe injuries.

Frequently inspect your PWC’s electrical systems (e.g., starter and engine gauge connections) to ensure there is no potential for electrical spark. Gas fumes could collect in the engine compartment, and an explosion could occur. After fueling, sniff the engine compartment for any evidence of gas fumes.

Never exceed the manufacturer’s recommended capacity for your PWC.

Know your limits, and ride according to your abilities.

See Requirements Specific to PWC.

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Become a Certified Boater

Take a boater education class from the Arizona Game and Fish Department to:

  • Improve your family’s safety on the water.
  • Increase your boating knowledge and enjoyment.
  • Be qualified for vessel insurance discounts.

Visit or call 623-236-7219 to find a class near you.