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In addition to adhering to all boating laws, personal watercraft (PWC) operators have requirements specific to their vessel.

Lanyard connecting the safety switch to the operator's wrist
  • Each person riding on or being towed behind a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved wearable personal flotation device (life jacket). Recommended are PFDs designed to withstand the impact of hitting the water at high speed.
  • PWCs must either be equipped with an ignition safety switch or have a self-circling feature in case the operator falls off. An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type ignition safety switch must always attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.