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. Inflatable PFDs are not acceptable on a PWC. PFDs must be approved for use on PWC.
- An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch must attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.
- PWC operators must carry on board a fully charged fire extinguisher and a sound-producing device. An athletic coach’s whistle is acceptable.