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Three people on PWC

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

  • Everyone on board a PWC must wear a USCG—approved PFD.
  • The PWC must be equipped with a self-circling device or a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch. The operator of a PWC equipped with an engine cut-off switch must attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.
  • You may not remove, alter, or tamper with:
    • Any part of the spring-loaded throttle mechanism on a PWC, which immediately returns the engine to idle speed on release of the operator’s hand from the throttle control or...
    • Any part of an engine cut-off switch installed by the manufacturer.

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