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, 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.