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Lanyard attached to PWC operator's wrist

In addition to adhering to all boating laws, personal watercraft (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 personal flotation device (life jacket).
  • PWCs must be equipped with a fully operational self-circling device or a lanyard-type ignition safety switch. If the ignition safety switch is used, the lanyard must be attached to the person, clothing, or PFD of the operator.