The Handbook of Missouri Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Division - Web Version
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Everyone on board a PWC while underway must wear a USCG–approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD.
An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch must attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.
You must be at least 14 years of age to operate a PWC, unless a supervising person at least 16 years of age is also on board the PWC.
If born after January 1, 1984, you must have a boating safety identification card that is NASBLA–approved and issued by MSHP, or other state, to operate a PWC.
It is illegal to operate a PWC while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
PWC must be operated in a careful and responsible manner.
Specifically, it is illegal for PWC operators to:
- Weave the PWC through congested waterway traffic.
- Jump the wake of another motorboat when visibility is obstructed.
- Become airborne while crossing the wake of another motorboat and within 100 feet of that motorboat.
- Operate at greater than “slow, no wake” speed within 50 feet of any other vessel, PWC, or person in the water.
- Operate in a manner that requires swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision.
Also, it is strongly recommended that PWC be operated only during daylight hours. If a PWC is operated at night, the PWC must display the required navigation lights.
PWC are exempt from displaying the skier-down flag.