Requirements Specific to PWCs
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.