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Lanyard connecting the safety switch to the operator's wrist

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

  • No person shall operate or permit operation of a personal watercraft unless each person aboard is wearing a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Operators on personal watercraft equipped with a lanyard-type ignition safety (engine cutoff) switch must attach the lanyard to their clothing, PFD, themselves, or as appropriate for the specific devices.
  • No person shall operate a personal watercraft between sunset and sunrise.
  • No person who owns or has charge over a personal watercraft shall permit operation in violation of laws.