In addition to adhering to all boating laws, PWC operators have requirements specific to their vessel.
- Everyone on board or being towed behind a PWC must wear a USCG–approved (Type I, II, III, or V) PFD at all times. Inflatable PFDs are not to be worn on PWC. PFDs must be used in accordance with the USCG approval label.
- An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch must attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.