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

Lanyard connecting the safety switch to the operator's wrist
  • Everyone on board or being towed behind a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device (PFD) at all times. Inflatable PFDs are not to be worn on personal watercraft.
  • 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.
  • PWCs may not be operated during the hours between one half-hour after sunset to one half-hour before sunrise.
  • No one under the age of 14 years may operate any PWC.
  • No one under the age of 18 years may rent or lease a PWC.

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