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Course Outline

Because a PWC is very maneuverable, it is possible to get into trouble fast. Here are some important things to do when operating a PWC.

  • Do not ride too closely behind another PWC. If it turns sharply or if it stalls, you could collide with it; if the other rider falls off, you could run over him or her.
  • Always look behind you over both shoulders before making turns; another boat may be too close behind you.
  • Be aware of all traffic in your boating area; don’t focus just on the short distance ahead.
  • Always remember that operating a PWC has the same responsibilities as operating any other motorboat.
Boater riding a PWC and looking over the shoulder; another PWC following behind

Before turning a PWC, always look back over both shoulders to check for other vessels in the area.

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