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Three people on PWC

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

  • Everyone on board a PWC must wear a USCG–approved Type I, II, or III PFD at all times.
  • An operator of a PWC equipped with an engine cut-off switch must attach the lanyard of the switch to his or her wrist or PFD.
  • When a PWC tows a person on water skis, kneeboard, tube, or other device, another person must be on board to act as an observer or “spotter.”
  • One USCG–approved Type 5-B fire extinguisher must be on board a PWC.
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