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Here are the equipment requirements for personal watercraft (PWCs).

Personal Lifesaving Appliances

  • One lifejacket or PFD for each person on board*
  • One buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres (49ʹ3ʺ) long
  • One reboarding device if the freeboard distance is over 0.5 metres (1ʹ8ʺ)

Vessel Safety Equipment

  • One manual propelling device or one anchor with at least 15 metres (49ʹ3ʺ) of cable, rope, or chain
  • One bailer or manual bilge pump

Fire-Fighting Equipment

One 5B:C fire extinguisher

Visual Signals

One watertight flashlight or three type A, B, C, or D flares (no more than two type D)*; flares not required if the PWC meets one of the exemptions listed in the Small Vessel Regulations, Part 2, #213–Visual Signals

Navigation Equipment

  • One sound-signalling device or appliance*
  • Navigation lights if the PWC is operated between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility*
  • One magnetic compass*; not required if the PWC:
    • Is 8 metres (26ʹ3ʺ) or less in length and…
    • Is operated within sight of navigation marks.
  • One radar reflector unless the pleasure craft meets one of the exemptions listed in the Collision Regulations, Schedule 1, Rule 40 (Radar Reflectors)

*Indicates the only safety equipment required if everyone on board is wearing a PFD or a lifejacket of an appropriate size
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