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 U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, or III life jacket (personal flotation device). They must be worn according to the manufacturer’s design and recommended use. All closures must be fastened and adjusted for a snug fit.
- An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type ignition safety switch must attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.
- It is illegal to operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility unless the PWC is equipped with the proper navigation lights.