California law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.
Reckless or Negligent Operation of a vessel is the failure to exercise the care necessary to prevent the endangering of life, limb, or property of any person.
Examples include but are not limited to:
- Maneuvering towed skiers or devices so as to “buzz” or spray others or pass the towline over another vessel or skier
- Navigating a vessel, skis, or other devices between a towing vessel and its tow(s)
- Jumping or attempting to jump the wake of another vessel within 100 feet of the other vessel
- Operating at high speed or erratically in congested waterway traffic
- Operating such that your vessel or another vessel must abruptly swerve or abruptly cut speed in order to avoid collision
- Operating near or through areas being used by swimmers or divers
- Operating such that your vessel collides with another vessel, object, or person
- Chasing or harassing wildlife with your vessel