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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).