Requirements Specific to Personal Watercraft (PWCs)
Tennessee law defines a PWC as “a mechanically propelled vessel that is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on the vessel rather than being operated in a conventional manner by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling inside the vessel.” In addition to adhering to all boating laws, PWC operators have requirements specific to their watercraft.
- Everyone on board a PWC must wear a USCG–approved wearable PFD at all times. Inflatable PFDs are not approved for use on PWC.
- There are age and education requirements for operators of PWC.
- PWC must be equipped with an engine cut-off switch, and the operator must attach the lanyard of the switch to his or her wrist or PFD.
- PWC may be operated only during daylight hours (between sunrise and sunset).