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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.
Lanyard connecting the safety switch to the operator's wrist