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

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