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Boating Basics

Other PWC Considerations


IC 14-15-12-8
Personal flotation devices

Sec. 8. A person shall not operate a personal watercraft on public waters unless every individual:

  1. operating;
  2. riding on; or
  3. being towed by;

the personal watercraft is wearing a personal flotation device that meets the requirements for designation by the United States Coast Guard as a Type I, Type II, Type III, or Type V personal flotation device, if applicable.

As added by P.L.57-1995, SEC.9. Amended by P.L.38-2000, SEC.5; P.L.24-2001, SEC.2.



Remember that everyone on board a PWC must wear a life jacket (PFD). Inflatables are not approved for PWC use.

Keep hands, feet, loose clothing, and hair away from the pump intake area. Before cleaning debris away from the pump intake, be sure to shut off the engine.

Keep everyone clear of the steering nozzle unless the PWC is shut off. The water jet can cause severe injuries.

Frequently inspect your PWC’s electrical systems (e.g., starter and engine gauge connections) to ensure there is no potential for electrical spark. Gas fumes could collect in the engine compartment and an explosion could occur. After fueling, sniff the engine compartment for any evidence of gas fumes.

Never exceed the manufacturer’s recommended capacity for your PWC.

Know your limits, and ride according to your abilities.

See Requirements Specific to PWCs.