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

Lanyard connecting the safety switch to the operator's wrist
  • Every person on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, or III PFD. Inflatable PFDs are not acceptable on PWCs.
  • An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type ignition safety switch must attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.
  • PWCs must be muffled effectively and also must display the required navigation lights if operated between sunset and sunrise.