Boating Basics

Courtesy and Environmental Considerations


When operating your PWC, always be considerate of the effect you may have on the environment and others enjoying the waterways.

Jumping the wake of a passing boat, or riding too close to another boat, creates special risks and is prohibited. Visibility around the boat making the wake may be blocked, both for the PWC operator and for oncoming traffic.

Vary your operating area and avoid repetitious maneuvers. Avoid congregating with other PWC operators near shore, as this can increase noise levels.

Avoid making excessive noise near residential and camping areas, particularly early in the morning.

Avoid maneuvers that cause the engine exhaust to lift out of the water; this causes increased noise levels. Do not modify your engine exhaust system if the result is more noise.

Do not operate a PWC in shallow water (less than 24 inches deep). Bottom sediments or aquatic vegetation can be sucked into the water pump and damage your PWC and the environment.

Avoid creating a wake, which can cause erosion, when operating near shore or in narrow streams or rivers.

Do not dock or beach your PWC in reeds and grasses. This could damage fragile environments.

Take extra care when fueling your PWC in or near the water. Oil and gasoline spills are very detrimental to the aquatic environment. Fuel on land if possible.

Never use your PWC to chase wildlife, such as birds feeding near shore, waterfowl, or other animals.

Do not dock or beach your PWC in reeds and grasses.