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  • Regulations concerning PWCs can vary from state to state.
  • A PWC is very maneuverable and responsive to slight turns of the steering control. At high speeds, a quick turn can make the PWC unstable, causing the operator and passengers to fall off. This is why most states require that everyone on board a PWC wear a personal flotation device (life jacket).
Passenger on a PWC correctly holding onto the operator
PWC passengers should be able to hold onto the operator and keep both feet firmly on the footrests. Anyone too small to do this should not ride.
  • Any passenger on a PWC should be able to hold on securely to the person in front of them or to the handholds, while keeping both feet firmly on the footrests. Children who are too small to be able to do this should not ride.
  • A passenger on a PWC should never be seated in front of the operator.
  • Keep hands, feet, loose clothing, and hair away from the pump intake area. Before cleaning debris from the pump intake, be sure to shut off the engine.