Requirements Specific to PWCs
Although a PWC is considered an inboard powerboat and comes under the same rules and requirements of any other powerboat, there are also specific considerations for the PWC operator. In addition to adhering to all boating laws, PWC operators have requirements specific to their watercraft.
- Every person on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved personal flotation device (life jacket). Inflatable PFDs may not be used by those riding on PWC.
- Although not legally required, it is strongly recommended that operators of PWCs equipped with lanyard-type ignition safety switches attach the lanyard to their person, clothing or PFD.