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Three people on PWC

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

  • Every person on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD. High-impact rated PFDs are recommended.
  • PWC must be equipped with a fully operational self-circling device or a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch (ECOS). If the ECOS is used, the lanyard must be attached to the person, clothing, or PFD of the operator.
  • All PWC operated in Maryland waters and registered in Maryland must display, in clear view of the operator, a regulations sticker that explains the PWC regulations. Stickers are available from the MDNR Police, Safety Education Division at 410-643-8502.
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