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PWC may not be operated between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise.

PWC must be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner at all times. For example, it is illegal to:

  • Jump the wake of another vessel unnecessarily close to the other vessel.
  • Weave your PWC through congested traffic.

No one may operate a PWC at greater than headway speed within 200 feet of swimmers, divers, the shoreline, or moored vessels.

When launched from shore or returning to shore, PWC must proceed directly to the area where operation is allowed in a direction as near perpendicular as possible and not in excess of headway speed.

Anyone operating a PWC, regardless of age, must have passed an approved boater education course and possess a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. It is illegal for the owner of a PWC to knowingly permit operation of his or her PWC in violation of this law.

Some waters may have local regulations that limit or prohibit the operation of PWC. Be sure to check local regulations before going boating.

PWC jumping wake of a boat