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 PFD at all times.
- An operator of a PWC equipped with an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) 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.