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PWC are designed to turn over and that’s part of what makes them fun, but it’s also why it is very important that the engine cut-off switch (ECOS) is attached to the operator. After a fall, the PWC could be overturned completely. You should know how to right the PWC and how to reboard from the rear of the craft.

  • Most manufacturers have placed a decal at the rear or bottom of the craft that indicates the direction to roll your PWC to return it to an upright position. If no decal exists, check your owner’s manual or ask the dealer. With this information, you should be able to roll the PWC over and reboard with little trouble. If you roll it over the wrong way, you could damage your PWC.
  • It is a good idea to practice reboarding with someone else around to make sure you can handle it alone. Don’t ride your PWC if you are very tired because reboarding would be difficult. Also, avoid riding where there are strong currents or winds, which could hamper your reboarding efforts.
Boater trying to reboard a capsized PWC; inset shows Caution written on the stern of the PWC. Caution instructions tell the operator how to turn over a PWC.
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