Requirements Specific to PWCs
In addition to adhering to all boating laws, personal watercraft (PWC) operators have requirements specific to their vessel.
- You must have a Boating Safety Education Certificate to operate a PWC legally.
- Everyone on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device (PFD) at all times. Inflatable PFDs are not acceptable on a PWC. Type III PFDs are recommended.
- 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.
- PWC operators must carry on board a fully charged fire extinguisher and a sound-producing device.