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Three people on PWC

In addition to adhering to all boating laws, PWC operators have requirements specific to their vessel.

  • Any person riding on or being towed behind a PWC must wear a USCG–approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket. Exceptions are made for those performing or participating in an official regatta, marine parade, tournament, or exhibition.
  • If the PWC is equipped with a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch (ECOS), the lanyard must be attached to the person, clothing, or life jacket of the operator. Operating a PWC equipped with a self-circling device is prohibited if the self-circling device has been altered.

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