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

  • Each person riding on or towed behind a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, or III personal flotation device.
  • If the PWC is equipped with an ignition safety switch, the switch must be functional and the lanyard must be attached to the operator.
  • PWCs also must have on board:
    • A horn or whistle that can make a sound signal audible for at least one-half mile and lasting two seconds or more
    • A visual distress signal (a one-foot-square fluorescent orange flag or another USCG–approved day signal)
  • PWC owners must not remove any manufacturer-installed backfire flame arrestor or ventilator.
Lanyard connecting the safety switch to the operator's wrist