Skip to main content

Course Outline

Using a PWC in a dangerous way without due care and attention violates the law and has serious legal consequences.

  • Persons under 16 years of age may not operate a personal watercraft.
  • A PWC must be operated in a responsible manner. As provided in the Small Vessel Regulations, manoeuvres that endanger people or property are prohibited, including:
    • Ignoring boating restriction signs posted around the water
    • Weaving through heavy traffic at greater than slow speed
    • Riding your PWC at high speeds in circles or crisscross patterns for long periods of time in the same area
    • Jumping the wake of another boat too close to the other boat in a way that causes too much engine noise
    • Becoming airborne while crossing the wake of another boat that is less than 30 metres away
    • Riding your PWC at greater than slow speed within 30 metres of:
      • An anchored or moored vessel
      • A shoreline, dock, pier, swim float, or marked swim area
      • Swimmers, surfers, or anglers
      • Non-motorized watercraft
    • Following another boat too closely
    • Swerving at the last possible moment to avoid a collision (playing “chicken”)
PWC jumping wake
  • Unit 3 of 6
  • Topic 6 of 14
  • Page 2 of 2