The Handbook of Tennessee Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Web Version
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Everyone on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved wearable life jacket, called a personal flotation device (PFD), at all times. Inflatable PFDs are not approved for use on personal watercraft.
There are age and education requirements for operators of personal watercraft. See "Who May Operate a Vessel."
PWCs must be equipped with an ignition safety switch, and the operator must attach the lanyard of the switch to his or her wrist or PFD.
PWCs may be operated only during daylight hours (between sunrise and sunset).
PWCs must be operated in a safe and responsible manner.
It is illegal to:
- Jump the immediate wake (within 100 feet) of another vessel.
- Weave your PWC through congested waterway traffic.
- Steer toward another object or person in the water and swerve at the last possible moment in order to avoid collision or spray others nearby.
- Operate the PWC close to boat ramps, docks, or the shoreline at more than idle speed.
- Chase, harass, or disturb wildlife with your PWC.
- Persons who allow an underage operator to use a PWC may be prosecuted.