Operating a PWC
PWC may be not operated between sunset and sunrise unless they are equipped with the proper navigation lights.
PWC must be operated in a responsible manner.
- Watch constantly for skiers, divers, swimmers, boats, and other PWC.
- Avoid wave jumping and passing close to other vessels.
- Do not use alcohol before or during PWC operation.
- Do not exceed “slow-no-wake speed” within 300 feet of the shoreline.
- Do not operate a PWC within a marine life conservation district or marine natural area reserve.
- Follow the most direct route possible, consistent with safety considerations, when traveling to and from designated PWC operating areas.
In designated ORMAs, operate only in areas designated for PWC/thrill craft.
PWC may not operate in state waters surrounding the islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau.
In all other non-designated ORMAs, you must transit to a point 500 feet from the shoreline or the outer edge of the fringing reef (whichever is greater) before operating freely.
- Do not operate within 500 feet of the shoreline or inside the seaward edge of the fringing reef.
- Do not land and/or pick up passengers except at approved launch sites.