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Three people on PWC

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.
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