In addition to adhering to all boating laws, PWC operators have requirements specific to their vessels.
- Each person riding on or being towed behind a PWC must wear a USCG–approved PFD. Recommended are PFDs designed to withstand the impact of hitting the water at high speed.
- PWC must either be equipped with an engine cut-off switch or have a self-circling feature in case the operator falls off. An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch must always attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.