Requirements Specific to PWCs
In addition to adhering to all boating laws, personal watercraft (PWC) operators have requirements specific to their vessel.
- Everyone on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, or III personal flotation device (PFD) at all times.
- PWCs must have either a self-circling capability or be equipped with an ignition safety switch. An operator of a PWC equipped with an ignition safety switch must attach the lanyard of the switch to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.