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It's the Law

Sharing Your PWC … Safely!

Sharing the fun of your personal watercraft (PWC) with friends is all part of the boating experience. Before you share your PWC, however, make sure that others you allow to operate it understand their responsibilities as an operator. They need to know that they have the same responsibilities as any other vessel operator, including obeying the navigation rules.

In addition:

  • Make sure that anyone you allow to operate your PWC meets the minimum age and education requirements for PWC operation in Missouri and the local waterway you are using.
  • Show new operators how to start and reboard the PWC while on shore or in shallow water.
  • Explain how to steer and control the PWC. Tell all new operators and remind experienced operators that power is required for steering control!
  • Make sure that the operator understands how to use the ignition safety switch and attaches the lanyard to his or her person or PFD before starting the engine.
  • Have anyone new to PWCs go out in an uncongested area first. Tell them to stay clear of other PWCs, boats, or persons in the water.
  • Explain how to recognize a “slow, no wake” speed marker and what to do when approaching one.
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