Requirements Specific to PWCs
In addition to adhering to all boating laws, personal watercraft (PWC) operators have requirements specific to their vessel.
- It is illegal to operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility (such as fog) unless the PWC is equipped with the required navigation lights.
- Everyone on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard—approved PFD.
- The PWC must be equipped with a self-circling device or a lanyard-type ignition safety switch. The operator of a PWC equipped with a ignition safety 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 with any part of an ignition safety switch installed by the manufacturer.