Requirements Specific to Personal Watercraft (PWCs)
In addition to adhering to all boating laws, PWC operators have requirements specific to their vessel.
- Every person on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device (PFD).
- If the PWC is equipped with a lanyard-type ignition safety switch, the lanyard must be attached to the person, clothing, or PFD of the operator at all times while the PWC is being operated.
- A PWC may not be operated between the hours of sunset and sunrise unless the personal watercraft is equipped with the required navigation lights.
- No one under the age of 14 may operate a personal watercraft unless there is a person 18 years of age or older on board the PWC. An exception to this law may be made in the case of an emergency.